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Ductless vs. Ducted: How to Find the Right HVAC System for Your Home
November 12, 2020
If your home heating system just hasn’t been capable recently of doing the heavy lifting you need to make it through the next Shenandoah Valley winter, you might be looking at the calendar and, seeing snow and freezing temperatures could be coming soon, wondering if now is the right time to upgrade your HVAC system.
Today there are more options than ever for homeowners who want lower heating and cooling costs, higher home comfort, and healthier indoor air. But one of the biggest choices you’ll have to make is whether you should go with a ductless or ducted system. Let’s explore a little more about what this means, and how to make the right decision for your Harrisonburg, Broadway, or Elkton home.
What Are the Pros and Cons of Having Ductwork?
Ductwork makes delivering conditioned air to the different rooms in your home easy. But ductwork can come with some drawbacks, particularly if it’s not installed correctly or if it’s old and aging. Ductwork sizing and design is a careful balancing act—if your ductwork has too many turns and sharp corners, air may not be distributed evenly throughout your home and you’ll end up with rooms that are never as comfortable as you’d like and added wear and tear to your unit.
Ductwork can lead to other opportunities for energy waste as well, like leaks and under-insulated ducts that can let cool or warm air escape before reaching the rooms in your house. And ducts can be hot spots for mold and other air pollutants like dust, pet dander, and pollen, all of which can lead to poor indoor air quality.
Comparing Ductless and Ducted HVAC Options
So what choices do you have if you’re thinking about upgrading your home’s HVAC system?
If you want to go with a ducted heating or cooling system, ducted air source heat pumps offer all-electric operation and incredibly high efficiency levels, which mean you’ll pay less to keep your home comfortable. Plus, they have both heating and cooling settings, meaning you can run them year-round.
Even if you don’t decide to upgrade to heat pumps, today’s high efficiency furnaces and boilers are likely to lower your energy bills, and with ductwork evaluation from Excel, you can feel confident that your ductwork is in good shape to deliver healthy, affordable comfort to the rooms in your house.
Looking to go ductless? One of the biggest benefits of ductless mini split heat pumps is that they can be truly customized to suit the needs of your home. Instead of connecting to ductwork, mini-splits have indoor air handlers that are installed right on the walls of the rooms or areas of your home you want to target.
Without ductwork, there’s no risk of energy waste or indoor air quality problems related to dirty ducts, and mini-splits can be set up exactly how you want them. Some homeowners have mini-splits installed throughout their home with different comfort settings on each air handler, while others use mini-splits to supplement their home’s existing heating or cooling system and target the areas without ductwork vents, like a garage or a recent addition.
Find the Right HVAC System for Your Home with Excel
Even after knowing more about the different HVAC systems and choices you have to upgrade, we understand that it can still feel you don’t know how to pick the one that will be best for your home, or which system will need the least amount of HVAC maintenance and repair. Luckily, you don’t have to go it alone!
At Excel Heating & Cooling, we’ve been helping Shenandoah Valley homeowners find the right heating and cooling system for nearly 70 years. We’ll take the time to talk about your family’s priorities and the unique circumstances in your house, and review the different options available that we think will make the biggest difference when it comes to energy efficiency, comfort, and health.