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Is Going Ductless Worth It?


Weather in our area stays relatively steady throughout the year in comparison to other parts of the country. However, our HVAC systems are almost always in use. We tend to get the most use out of our heaters but our air conditioners get a workout as well in the warmer weeks of summer. With that, it’s vital that you have an effective and efficient air conditioner, and heater in place.

What if we told you that you can have both, all in one system? If you’re looking to replace or upgrade both your heating and cooling systems, a ductless system is well worth your consideration. They’re not right for all homes, but they’re the right choice for many. Read on to learn more about these systems and whether one will fit well in your home.

The Benefits of Going Ductless

As the name implies, a ductless heating and cooling system requires no ductwork to circulate conditioned air. Instead, it makes use of multiple air handlers, which are installed in up to 4 areas (per outdoor unit) throughout your home. Each air handler is responsible for independently conditioning or heating only the room in which it is installed. They each have their own thermostat that can be used separately from one another.

When it comes to ductless installation, there’s a bit more work involved than with a traditional central system or heat pump, but a ductless system takes up far less room than either of these. There’s a little construction involved—small holes are drilled in the walls of each room that the air handlers are installed in. The way this benefits you is that you don’t have to make room for a huge air conditioner, since the air handlers are mounted high up on the walls.

Ductless heating and cooling systems have a number of other benefits, too, including:

  • Increased Energy Efficiency: Ductless systems are much more energy-efficient than their central counterparts. This is due largely in part to the fact that there isn’t any ductwork to worry about and therefore no ductwork damage or air leaks to worry about. Breached ductwork is responsible for up to 30% air loss, which is a waste of your hard-earned money.
  • Versatility: When you have multiple indoor air handlers each working independently of one another, you have fewer household arguments over the thermostat. This is a benefit in and of itself, but there’s a practical benefit many homeowners don’t think about, too. If you’re cooking on a mild day, you’re going to heat up the kitchen pretty quickly, while the other rooms in your home will stay comfortable. With a ductless system, you can run the air handler in your kitchen to cool the room while keeping the rest of the system off, therefore saving energy. Or perhaps you have a baby’s room you want to keep a little warmer than the rest—with a ductless system this is totally possible.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team to learn more about the benefits of going ductless!

Contact Sunset Air for quality ductless heating and cooling services in Olympia, WA.

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