HVAC SystemsIs A Ductless HVAC System Right For Your Home?

Determine whether a ductless HVAC system is an efficient way to heat and cool your Seattle home.

Traditional air conditioning and heating systems that use forced-air ductwork take up lots of space in the attic and crawlspaces. If your home currently doesn’t have ductwork or it has space heaters, it may benefit from a ductless HVAC system.

Ductless HVAC systems, also called mini-split systems, consist of individual interior units that can be connected to one or more exterior components. A hand-held, wireless remote control or wall thermostat is used to control the entire system and adjust settings to maximize comfort. Ductless HVAC systems are efficient, compact, and keep your home at a comfortable temperature.

How it Works

The outdoor unit of a ductless HVAC system is placed at ground level and connects to the indoor unit by a small bundle of cables and a pair of refrigerant lines. One of the refrigerant lines delivers electricity, while the other takes away condensate. The wiring and refrigerant lines can be run throughout the home.

Outdoor units mount readily to the wall and are generally less than eight inches deep. To install an outdoor unit, you only need to create a three-inch hole in the wall for installation – no invasive ductwork is necessary. The indoor unit of a ductless HVAC system is mounted on a centrally-located wall inside your home.

Benefits of a Ductless HVAC System

Even if your home already has insulated ductwork, you can add a ductless HVAC system to it. One ductless HVAC system is enough to heat and cool the average home in the Seattle area with an existing heating/cooling system. Your existing heating system will keep the bedrooms and bathrooms in your home at a desirable temperature, while the ductless system heats or cools your home’s main living areas.

Ductless HVAC systems are ideal for replacing or supplementing electric baseboard, woodstoves, wall or ceiling units, and kerosene or propane space heaters. Ductless HVAC systems are also a great choice if you’re adding a room to your home or are remodeling a room. Instead of extending your home’s existing ductwork and pipes, just install a ductless HVAC system, which provides efficient heating and cooling at a lower cost.

Ductless systems can also be set up in “zones” to deliver air to specific rooms, which simplifies installation and minimizes the length of refrigerant lines. You can tune each system to a particular comfort zone, so each room in your home has different levels of hot or cool air. Ductless systems minimize the overcooling and overheating associated with central HVAC systems.

Have a Seattle HVAC contractor examine your home and determine how big the ductless HVAC system needs to be in each room. Keep in mind that if your home has high ceilings, you’ll need an especially powerful ductless system since cold air naturally sinks and warm air rises.

Looking for a Seattle HVAC Contractor That Installs Ductless Systems?

Find out how a ductless HVAC system would benefit your home by contacting Seattle HVAC contractor MM Comfort Systems. We offer ductless Mitsubishi HVAC systems with sleek indoor units that mount discreetly high on the wall and slim outdoor units that require minimal space. In Western Washington, utility companies offer generous rebates for ductless HVAC systems because they often replace electric heating systems that eat up energy. Call 425.533.9058 or fill out our online contact form for more information.


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