Myths About Ductless HVAC Systems
Many myths and misconceptions exist regarding ductless HVAC Systems. Read on and discover the truth about some of those myths. Fox Family Heating and Air aims to be your source of education before you consider installing a ductless HVAC system on your residential property.
Myth 1: Ductless System Heat Pumps Require More Maintenance
Some people in Sacramento think that the advanced technology from which ductless heat pumps are made makes the system more costly to maintain. The truth is that ductless HVAC systems are easier to maintain. For example, the filter can be removed easily and hosed down by you, the homeowner. This is unlike the filters in central heating and air conditioning systems that usually require regular replacement. (Depending on the make and model of your central heating and air conditioning system)
Furthermore, the indoor unit of a conventional heat pump is often located in a hard-to-reach place, such as the attic with a tight crawl space. This makes it harder (and more expensive) to access that component for routine maintenance. The components of ductless systems are within easy reach inside the building. This makes the components easier to access for maintenance work.
Myth 1 Debunked: Ductless System Heat Pumps DO NOT Require More Maintenance
Myth 2: Ductless Heat Systems Don’t Filter Air
Some Sacramento homeowners may have been held back by the misconception that ductless systems result in poor indoor air quality since they don’t filter the air passing through them.
As stated earlier, the filter of a ductless system can be removed and cleaned easily by any homeowner. Secondly, the absence of a complicated network of ducts means that ductless systems provide cleaner air since there are no corners and surfaces onto which dust and other debris can cling. You should, therefore, have no fears about installing a ductless system since you are likely to have cleaner indoor air when compared to the air provided by a ducted system. Contact a Sacramento air conditioning repair technician in case you indoor air quality issues in your home.
Myth 2 Debunked: Ductless Heat Systems Do Filter Air
Myth 3: Ductless HVAC Systems Are Only for Residential New Construction
It isn’t true that ductless system pumps are for new constructions only. In fact, their very innovation was based on the need to meet the HVAC needs of older homes or properties where it was hard to install a network of ducts. East Sacramento and Land Park are good examples of that. The minimally disruptive installation of ductless systems makes them suitable for a wide range of applications, such as retrofit installation or beefing up the air conditioning provided in the distant sections of a building having a central AC system. Many homeowners often purchase a ductless system for in-law quarters or a guest house that was not built with central heat and air.
Myth 3 Debunked: Ductless HVAC Systems Are Great for Retrofitting an older home with no central HVAC or smaller spaces like a guest house.
Myth 4: They Have a Shorter Lifespan Due to All-Year Operation
This myth may be based on the general thinking that the more you use an appliance the shorter its lifespan will be. However, experts at Fox Family Heating and Air Conditioning say the longevity of any air conditioning system (ductless or central AC) depends on the quality of the unit and how well it was sized. It also depends on how it was installed and if it is maintained during its service life. The longevity of an HVAC system will, therefore, have nothing to do with its design as a ductless system or ducted/central air conditioning.
Myth 4 Debunked: Ductless HVAC Systems lifespan is relative to care, and installation quality.
Myth 5: Ductless Systems Are For Spot Heating or Cooling
This is one of the worst misconceptions about ductless heat pumps. The roots of this myth may be in the observation that some homeowners install ductless systems to heat or cool a particular room which isn’t served adequately by the central AC. For example, a garage extension may have a ductless system since the central HVAC system cannot supply sufficient heating or cooling to that modified garage. However, this doesn’t mean that ductless systems are for spot heating or cooling. They are a standalone heating or cooling system. Granted, they are not right for every home so it is important for you to consult with an HVAC Installer for the best options for your home. This post is not meant to endorse or sway you in any way towards installing a ductless mini-split system. Our goal here is to be a source of education. The best way to determine whether a Minisplit is right for you is to schedule a FREE in-home evaluation with one of our team members.
Myths and misconceptions thrive in an environment where people don’t have accurate information about something. Don’t be a victim of the myths in the discussion above. Contact Fox Family Heating and Air and we’ll be glad to answer any question that you may have about ductless system pumps or anything related to the HVAC industry.