Ductless systems have enjoyed double-digit percentage growth in recent years. Originating in Japan in the 1970s, ductless technology was conceived as an alternative to bulky window units that didn’t fit the smaller size of the homes or the much larger costs for electricity. Now, Americans are finding that the same power and efficiency of a central system is available in a ductless heat pump for heating and cooling individual rooms or limited spaces in any home. Three major benefits make ductless systems the right choice.
A two-person install crew from a qualified HVAC contractor can usually install a ductless system in one day. The system is relatively basic. First, there’s a low-profile indoor air handler containing the coil and blower fan. This is connected to an outdoor heat pump, which contains the condenser/compressor unit. These two units are connected by a narrow, insulated conduit, which carries refrigerant between the systems. The conduit only requires a three-inch hole in an exterior wall, and the downsized outdoor heat pump unit is about the size of a large suitcase. A single outdoor unit can accommodate up to five indoor air handlers.
Ductwork is a longstanding source of efficiency shortfalls in heating and cooling systems, especially in residences. At least 20 percent of the conditioned air conveyed by home ductwork never reaches living spaces because of loss through leakage in deteriorating ducts. Another problem arises when ducts are routed through unconditioned areas like the attic or crawlspaces, as heat gain or loss can occur. Ductless systems eliminate this energy-wasting component.
Traditional window units are notorious for blocking outdoor views and light. But the indoor component of a ductless air handler is a low-profile, unobtrusive unit that can mount on the wall or the ceiling. It can also be installed as a freestanding floor unit. Many offer a choice of covers for the air handler to match a variety of themes and decor. These systems also utilize handheld remote controls, eliminating the requirement for switches or additional wiring.
For more of the benefits of ductless systems for your Ocala area’s home comfort and efficiency, contact Sun Kool Air Conditioning, Inc.
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