Now that they’ve been around for a while, ductless technology myths are beginning to surface. It’s no surprise, since myths aren’t uncommon in industries as complicated as the heating and cooling industry.
They’re only used in existing homes.
HVAC contractors can easily install ductless systems in new and existing homes. If the builder installs them in new homes in lieu of a central HVAC system, the home probably won’t have ductwork or a dedicated space for an air handler.
They can’t be used with existing ductwork.
When ductless systems first became available, they blew the air directly from their air handlers that were stand-alone parts. Ductless technology has now moved to the point where HVAC engineers are now able to use existing ductwork to distribute the air with ductless systems.
Doing so has a number of benefits. It allows for home zoning, where just the parts of the home that need conditioning get it. If you’re not using part of your home, you won’t need to condition it.
Homeowners who need a new HVAC system can also take advantage of inverter technology that saves considerable energy. This feature is most commonly found on ductless systems instead of central HVAC equipment. If you’re considering a ductless system, don’t let misinformation hold you back, like:
Ductless systems need more maintenance.
Of all the ductless technology myths, this one is furthest from the truth. They need professional attention once a year and monthly maintenance when they’re in use from the homeowner.
The filter and outdoor condenser need to be clean for the most efficient operation. Sometimes the condenser hangs from an exterior wall, which minimizes outdoor maintenance considerably.
They’re only good for supplemental heating and cooling.
As long as ductless mini splits are properly sized for the space and placed optimally, they can keep up with the conditioning demands in a home regardless of the weather.
If you’ve heard other ductless technology myths, check with the HVAC pros at Beyer Boys first. We proudly provide HVAC services for San Antonio homeowners.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Antonio, Texas area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).