If you live in or have recently purchased an older home, you may have decided that it's time to have a central HVAC system installed. While you may already be prepared for the arduous process of having ducts installed, you may want to pause a moment and consider the advantages of installing a ductless system in your house instead.
1. Reduce the Amount of Dust and Allergens in the Air
When you install a regular HVAC system that uses ductwork, there tends to be more dust and allergens that circulate throughout your house. Since the air returns dust, pollen, and pet hair through the ducts, these allergens settle inside and collect when the system turns off, only to be pushed back into the air you and your family breathe. Even when regularly changing the filters in the air conditioner and heater, the air quality will still suffer because these single filters cannot trap all of the particulates.
However, since a ductless system does not use ducts, this eliminates the areas where dust and allergens accumulate. The systems also use several layers of filtration to ensure that a majority of particles passing through them is trapped, resulting in better air quality overall.
2. Use a System that Is Easier and Less Disruptive
When you have an older home that was not originally constructed with ductwork, the installation process can become a nightmare. Because there may not be spaces readily available for the installation, the house's walls may need to be torn into to place the ducts. Or, if there is not enough space, the ducts may be inserted along the walls or ceilings and encased. Doing so could greatly decrease the space in some of your home's rooms.
However, with a ductless system, there is no need to tear out walls or reduce the living space in your rooms. Because there are no ducts to deal with, the installation of the system can easily be completed within a day or two, instead of the possible weeks involved when major construction is required for the process, such as with a system that uses ducts.
If you or other household members have problems with allergies or asthma, or if your home's structure makes it difficult to put in ducts, you may want to consider going ductless when choosing your home's HVAC system. Contact a contractor who works with ductless HVAC systems to find out more and discuss your options.