Central heating and cooling systems are desirable for many reasons. This type of HVAC configuration allows you to heat and cool your home via a single furnace, air conditioner, or heat pump, all controlled through a thermostat interface. However, central HVAC solutions require the installation of ductwork inside your ceilings, floors, and walls; if your home is not already equipped with this network of ducts, adding ducts is possible but costly. In the past, homes without ductwork were forced to use single-room heating and cooling solutions, such as window air conditioners and space heaters, for comfort throughout the year.
Split HVAC systems are a great solution for homes without existing ductwork. Rather than move conditioned air through ducts, the system transfers refrigerant between an outdoor condenser and one or several indoor air handlers, which are mounted in each room. The refrigerant is circulated via a set of cables, which require only a small hole, typically three inches in diameter, to pass through your home’s exterior and into each room where an air handler is installed. A single outdoor unit can provide enough heating and cooling for four to six indoor air handling units, allowing you to heat or cool numerous rooms at once if you wish. Multiple outdoor condensers can be added to accommodate enough air handlers for complete home heating and cooling. Each indoor air handler is controlled via either manual input or a remote to adjust the temperature in the room.
These systems offer several advantages if you are looking for a home heating or cooling solution but your home does not currently have ducts. Installing a split system is a much smaller and less costly project than installing ducts, but can provide the same multi-room heating and cooling as a central forced air system. These systems offer automatic HVAC zoning capabilities without the problems associated with zoning a central forced air system, letting you choose to heat and cool only the spaces you are currently using to reduce energy consumption and keep your monthly bills as low as possible. The air handlers associated with the system can be installed in a variety of locations, including ceilings and walls, allowing for a versatile heating and cooling solution that can be tailored to each space in your home for the utmost convenience. If you ever have questions about your home HVAC system, make sure to contact us. We can inspect your home and recommend what would be right for you.