Reasons A Ductless HVAC Could Be Perfect For Your Farmhouse
A large, old farmhouse might be your idea of the perfect home, but you might have to sacrifice comfort during seasonal temperature extremes. If your home is always chilly in the winter and too warm during the hottest days of summer, you may wonder if it's time to upgrade your HVAC system. Before you do, consider switching to a ductless HVAC system. Here's why one of these could be ideal for a country farmhouse.
You Have Better Climate Control
A central HVAC system sends air through the ducts to all rooms evenly. A ductless system is zoned so you can control the climate in your home better and more efficiently. If the upstairs is mostly unoccupied during the day, it may not need as much heat or cooling as the lower level of your home. With zoned controls, you don't waste money heating or cooling empty rooms. Instead, you can zero in on the rooms where climate control is most important, such as the family room or kitchen where your family gathers during all hours of the day.
This zoning is possible because the air doesn't go through ducts. Instead, blowers are mounted on the walls in various places in your home. Each blower is controlled by its own thermostat so that you can set the desired temperature for each section of the house according to your needs.
You Won't Have Duct Problems
You can heat and cool your house with a ductless HVAC system or you can just use the system to cool your home. A ductless setup is versatile, so you can use it in the best way to keep your home comfortable. If you use the system for both heating and cooling, you won't need ducts in your home at all. This could make more room in your house if you want to do something like turning the attic into a sewing room or spare bedroom. Removing ducts also removes hiding places for mice that could be a problem each winter when the pests come indoors for a warm place to nest.
Ducts also collect dust that could be bothersome to your allergies, and when you eliminate the ducts, the air quality in your home might improve. Another benefit of eliminating ducts is that you'll no longer have heat loss or loss of cooling air as it travels through ducts and possibly escapes through gaps or holes.
You Might Save Money On Power Bills
You may even find you'll save money on your power bills when you switch to a ductless HVAC. Part of the reason is due to the increased efficiency, and another part is because you won't have to treat rooms you don't use very often. Plus, you'll be able to keep certain rooms nice and warm in the winter without driving up your power bill as long as the room has good insulation. This is important in a farmhouse that may not have many windbreaks or in a house that is surrounded by city heat and that seems to always be chilly in the winter. You'll also be able to keep a sunny room cooler in the summer at a more affordable cost.
To learn more about ductless HVAC systems, contact an HVAC contractor.