Ductless System Myths

Despite the growing number of residential replacements, ductless technology remains a myth. Ductless mini-split heat pumps account for about 10 to 12 percent of heating and A/C market share in several states. Ductless systems are a beautiful option for cooling single rooms or limited areas in your house without the need for labor-intensive and expensive ductwork. One myth about ductless systems is that they are noisy, but with this year’s technology, not at all. The indoor component of mini splits currently on the market uses a variable speed blower and the advanced system runs at a lower speed and produces almost no noise. Compared to single-speed on/off fans, the blower makes less noise since it runs almost continuously. Additionally, it circulates air more to prevent temperature swings in the home. There are also some people who recognize that the service requirements are too demanding, yet this is not an issue. The fact is, a ductless mini-split heat pump imposes no more upkeep requirements than a standard central heating and air conditioner. The basics are the same; professional preventive service at the outset of the heating and cooling seasons, then standard monthly air filter changes. Another misconception about ductless systems is that they have a shorter shelf life. In fact, it’s the opposite, ductless technology is more efficient and offers less wear-and-tear than conventional systems. Typical window units have a lifespan of 12 years, and central cooling systems and furnaces have a combined lifespan of 14 years. A ductless mini-split has a lifespan of 15 years or more. The indoor cooling capabilities of ductless systems are often underestimated and are thought to be expensive. In a mini-split, the indoor coil and blower are housed in an inconspicuous, low-profile system mounted on a wall. An option of stylish housings are available to make the equipment conform with your existing decor.