Apr 24

The Pros And Cons Of Ductless Heating And Cooling

ductless air conditioner installation in Clinton NJDuctless heating and cooling systems are popular in Europe and Japan due to their energy efficiency and ease of installation. With this being said, this article covers the pros and cons of ductless heating and cooling systems.

An Overview Of Ductless Heating And Cooling

Ductless heating and cooling systems rely on a pair of indoor and outdoor units to warm and cool indoor spaces. Unlike traditional heating/cooling systems, ductless units utilize heat pump technology to distribute warm/cool air throughout a building. Their major components include an outdoor unit, an indoor unit, and a control unit.


Easy To Install

The modular nature of ductless heating and cooling systems makes them easy to install. In fact, a qualified and experienced HVAC technician can install this type of heating/cooling system in a day or even less. This is largely because there are no ducts to install, which translates to minimal changes to your home’s structural edifice. Remember, traditional heating/cooling systems involve installation of ducts throughout a building, which is physically demanding.

Environmentally Friendly

energy efficient ductless air conditionerUnlike traditional heating and cooling systems that use R-22 refrigerant, ductless systems use a refrigerant called R410A, an hydrofluorocarbon compound. This is particularly important because R410A lacks ozone-depleting chlorine atoms. In fact, appliances are being phased out that have ozone-depleting R-22 refrigerant. This is in accordance with global environmental regulations such as the Clean Air Act and the Accelerated Phaseout of Class I Ozone Depleting Substances regulation.

Energy Efficient

According to the US Department of Energy (DOE), ductless heating and cooling systems use 60% less energy than traditional systems. They are designed to transfer rather than generate heat. What’s more, Energy Star certified ductless units can lower cooling and heating costs by up to 30% compared to conventional heater and air conditioning systems. This can help you reduce your home’s heating and cooling costs significantly.


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The average cost of a ductless system that supports a single indoor heating/cooling unit ranges from $3,000 to $5,000, meaning it is not suitable for consumers who cannot afford the substantial upfront investment. If you want a system with multiple heating/cooling units, expect to spend even more. Luckily, some states and utility companies offer significant tax credits and rebates to consumers who install ductless systems. Also, ductless systems significantly reduce energy costs as mentioned earlier. For these reasons, there is a good return on investment.

Maintenance Costs

Since ductless systems contain more components than ducted systems, they can be more expensive to maintain and service. For instance, ducted systems typically have a single indoor air handler, whereas ductless systems have multiple indoor air handlers. However, traditional ducted systems need maintenance as well.  Ducted systems actually end up costing more to be serviced because the ducts need to be maintained as well.

Ductless Air Conditioner Clinton NJ

If you are planning to buy a HVAC unit, consider ductless heating and cooling systems. They are more energy efficient than conventional units. Ductless systems are easy to install, and environmentally friendly. However, ductless heating/cooling units are more expensive than traditional HVAC systems initially. Even so, the initial cost is returned quickly because they are so energy efficient.

Skylands Energy Service specializes in installing, maintaining, and repairing many different makes and models of air conditioning systems, including ductless heating and cooling systems. For maintenance, repair, or installation of your HVAC system, be sure to contact Skylands Energy. Our NATE-certified technicians get the job done and will do so in a clean and professional manner. Their skills, knowledge, and years of experience will help them find the best energy efficient home comfort solutions for you.

We service Annandale NJ 08801, Clinton NJ 08809, Glen Gardner NJ 08826, Hampton NJ 08827, High Bridge NJ 08829, Lebanon NJ 08833, Pittstown NJ 08867, Quakertown NJ 08868, Stanton NJ 08885, and surrounding areas.

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