The Pros and Cons of Ductless Split System
If you are looking for the best heating and cooling system for your house in Toronto or the GTA, then you’re probably familiar with the hype surrounding ductless split systems. You may even be considering installing a ductless AC system in your home. However, before you choose this option because many of your friends or family members have one, you should take the time to do your own research. Is a mini split AC really the best fit for your house? Are you well aware of the advantages and disadvantages associated with this system? The size of the room, layout and various other factors determine whether a central AC or a ductless AC system will be the better choice.
Here are the pros and cons of a ductless split system that you should be aware of before purchasing one.
The Advantages of Ductless Split Systems
Ductless split systems are smaller than room air conditioners and most window AC units. This means that they take up less space and are perfect for apartments or small houses in Toronto.
While window units require a significantly large hole t in a wall, ductless AC systems need a very small hole drilled into the surface they will be mounted on.
Ductless heating and cooling systems are highly energy efficient. The fact that they do not use ducts means zero energy wasted conditioning air in unnecessary spaces. Using a mini-split AC instead of a central air conditioning system can reduce your electricity bill by approximately 30%.
Noise and Visibility
Mini split ACs work quietly and are far more discreet than large room air conditioners that detract from the decor and continuity of the room.
The Disadvantages of Ductless Split Systems
Ductless split systems are quite expensive. They can cost twice as much as a regular window units. If you already have a central air conditioning system in place, the cost of removing the ducts and other required work can make it very costly to switch to a ductless split system.
Expert Technicians Required
Despite their compact size and simple design, mini split ACs can be tricky to install because they require highly skilled technicians. This is not a DIY project. Qualified servicemen and professionals will need to determine the correct place for installation, and complete the other work associated with fixing a ductless split system properly.
Interfere with the Interior
While ductless systems may be more appealing visually than giant room coolers, they are much t more visible than the central conditioning units that almost go unnoticed because they are tucked away in the ceiling. For many homeowners, this poses an issue because ductless split units are only available in limited designs and colours that may not complement the existing interior.
Although the higher cost of installation can be offset by the reduced energy consumption in the future, installing a ductless split system requires careful planning. Before you buy one, talk to an expert in the HVAC industry to be sure that you are making the right decision.