When people are looking into getting a heater for their home, they tend to default to a furnace. It’s understandable, considering that furnaces are the most popular heating system in the country.
However, being the most popular doesn’t make it the best for all situations. There are plenty of heating options aside from furnaces that are available to homeowners with different needs, one of which is ductless heating.
If you’d like to know more about our ductless heating service in the Greater Waterbury area, or if you’d like to schedule your free estimate, contact Pelletier Mechanical Services, LLC today!
A ductless heating system is a type of heat pump, which uses refrigerant to move existing heat from one place to another. It does not burn any fuel during operation, it uses heat that already exists to warm the home.
The"ductless" part of the system refers to the fact that the air handler for the heater is installed directly in the room it services. This means that each room that needs to be heated will require a separate air handler, though up to four air handlers can be connected to a single outdoor condenser unit.
So why choose ductless heating instead of a furnace? Let’s first look at the benefits of avoiding ductwork. Ducts are actually quite vulnerable to damage, and most homes have very leaky ducts. This leads to a massive loss of energy.
In fact, the U.S. Department of Energy has estimated that the average forced air system loses as much as 30% of its output to leaks in the ducts. That’s a substantial amount of money being wasted on air that isn’t reaching its destination. Ductless heating and cooling systems deliver all of their output directly to the room, avoiding the massive losses associated with ducts.
Another huge advantage of ductless heating is its versatility. Because a ductless heater is a heat pump, it can actually reverse the flow of refrigerant through its system. This makes it capable of cooling a room, as well as heating it. A ductless split system offers both heating and cooling functions, without the necessity of installing a completely different system.
Installing a ductless system, as with all heating systems, involves quite a bit of specialized work. The outdoor unit needs to be installed outside the house, with refrigerant and power lines running through the walls and connecting to every air handler unit.
The air handler units themselves must be installed directly into either the walls or ceilings of the rooms they are meant to condition. Both units then need to be wired into the home’s electrical grid, which is never something someone should do without professional training. In short, this is a job you want to be done by experts.
Luckily, we have a team of heating specialists who are well versed in installing and servicing ductless heating systems in Prospect, Watertown, Southington, Naugatuck, Wolcott, Plymouth, Cheshire. If you have any questions about our services or want to schedule your free estimate, contact Pelletier Mechanical Services, LLC today!