Typical window units have a lifespan of 10 years, and central air conditioners and furnaces have a combined lifespan of 15 years.
Despite the growing number of residential installations, ductless technology remains a myth. Ductless mini-split heat pumps account for about 10 percent of HVAC market share in many states. Ductless systems are an attractive option for cooling single rooms or limited areas in your home without the need for labor-intensive and expensive ductwork. One myth about ductless systems is that they are noisy. With today’s technology, not at all. The indoor component of mini splits currently on the market uses a variable speed blower. 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 consistently to prevent temperature swings. There are also some people who feel that the maintenance requirements are too demanding. 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 conditioning system. The basics are the same: professional preventive maintenance at the outset of the heating and cooling seasons, then regular monthly air filter changes. Another misconception about ductless systems is that they have a shorter service life. In fact, it’s the opposite. Ductless technology is more efficient and less wear-and-tear-prone than conventional systems. Typical window units have a lifespan of 10 years, and central air conditioners and furnaces have a combined lifespan of 15 years. A ductless mini-split has a lifespan of 20 years or more. The indoor components of ductless systems are often underestimated and are thought to be large. In a mini-split, the indoor coil and blower are housed in an inconspicuous, low-profile unit mounted on a wall. A choice of stylish housings are available to make the unit conform with your existing decor.