Ductless Split Air Conditioning
Central air conditioning is a great cooling option but it’s not the best fit for every home. Here in Western Massachusetts, there are quite a lot of older homes heated with boilers instead of furnaces which don’t have duct systems. Another consideration with conventional air conditioning is loss of conditioned air where ducts pass through hot attic spaces or leaky ducts in crawl spaces. If you’re planning an addition to your home, extending the ducts into the new space may add excessive costs to the project.
Fortunately, there’s a cooling option available that doesn’t require any ductwork at all: the ductless split system, also call mini splits. At Hurley & David, we can provide the same comfort and efficiency with a ductless system without the loss of cool air in crawl spaces associated with conventional central air. Ductless systems are also available in dual-purpose heat pump models, meaning the same compact unit can take care of heating and cooling throughout the year.
Benefits of a Ductless Split System
Besides the obvious advantages of not needing to worry about ducts, ductless systems have a few key advantages over regular central air conditioners. The average central air conditioner loses up to 30 percent of its cooling power to leaks in the ducts, nearly all of which is wasted in small spaces between walls and floors. Ductless systems use special variable-speed compressors to match your home’s cooling needs in real time as outside temperatures change during the course of the day, which improves comfort and energy efficiency. A ductless system also allows for zoned control, meaning you can adjust the AC in different rooms independently to avoid “cold spots” in certain small spaces like a reading nook.
Because they’re so compact, ductless systems are great options for smaller homes, apartments and condominiums where space is at a premium. With a ductless system, you’ll save plenty down the road because of their reduced energy usage, plus installation doesn’t require the time and effort of running ductwork through an attic or crawl spaces. We’ll be happy to help you consider all of your cooling options to find the right solution for your home.
Going Ductless With Hurley & David
If a ductless split system is the right option for your home, we’ll be more than happy to help. Our technicians will install a single outdoor unit, then place up to four indoor units in main living areas of your home. We’ll run special conduits that carry refrigerant between the indoor and outdoor units, with no loss of conditioned air through ducts running through small spaces between walls. And of course, we’ll test everything to make sure it’s running at peak efficiency before leaving your home.
Whether you’re ready to upgrade to ductless cooling or just want to discuss your options, feel free to give us a call at (413) 732-3141 to find out what a ductless mini split system can do for your home.