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When Is Ductless Cooling a Viable Option?

Ductless mini split systems were originally developed for commercial use, but they have become increasingly common in U.S. homes during the past two decades. Ductless systems work by using a series of blower units that are mounted in rooms throughout a home, each which connects to an outdoor unit through refrigerant and power lines. Instead of sending cooled air from an indoor cabinet into ventilation shafts to distribute conditioned air, a ductless system sends the cooled air directly from the blowers.

There are many benefits of these systems: zone control, cleaner air, space saving.

For more information about ductless cooling in Loveland, CO, call Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning. We can help you find out if going ductless is your top option for comfort.

The best situations for ductless mini splits

First, there’s almost never a situation where a ductless system is not an option. If you have space to mount the blower units in your home, you can have a ductless mini split installed. However, there are some scenarios where they are particularly excellent choices:

  • New home construction: Going with a ductless mini split means you don’t need to worry about constructing an intricate ventilation network for a new home that includes return vents and numerous branches running through the walls and ceilings. You will not only save room in your new home, but you will have more freedom of choice for designing it since you won’t need to take ductwork into account.
  • Add-on rooms: If you aren’t building a new home but adding onto your current one with a new bedroom, a study, play area, etc., then a ductless mini split can help you avoid problems with your current central AC. You won’t need to replace your current HVAC system with a larger one to accommodate the additional space, nor will you need to rework the ventilation system to connect to the new room. You only have to add a ductless mini split for the new space, and you’re done!
  • Remodeling: During an extensive indoor remodeling job on your house, you can have the old ductwork removed to give you more space, and then install a ductless system to replace it. This is the best opportunity for adding on ductless cooling to a home that has pre-existing ductwork.
  • Old and historic homes: Homes over fifty years old often were not constructed with a central air conditioning system in mind and so that do not have room for ductwork. Instead of using inefficient and inconvenient window units to cool down an older house, you can choose to have a ductless mini split installed. This may be the only option if you live in an historical house and are limited in the amount of remodeling you can do to it.

Even if it turns out that ductless cooling in Loveland, CO for your home is not the ideal choice, the experts at Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning can find the right alternate system. We have eight decades of experience keeping homes in Northern Colorado comfortable, no matter the season.

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