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Should You Go Ductless?

How to Know if Ductless Mini-Split HVAC is Right for You

There used to be just two ways to add heating and air conditioning to your home. Either buy an unsightly, inefficient window unit or make a substantial investment in a traditional HVAC unit with ductwork. But there is now a third option — ductless mini-splits. These units involve two pieces of equipment, a wall-hanging indoor unit and a small outdoor compressor/condenser connected using a three-inch hole in the wall.Man turns on ductless mini-split HVAC

These units are an effective, clean, energy-efficient option. They’re the ideal option for some Brooklyn homes, but might not be the best for others. The HVAC experts at Petri Plumbing & Heating can make recommendations for all types of heating and cooling, but if you’ve heard about mini-splits and are considering your options, here’s how to know if they’re the right fit for you.

You’re Adding On

If you’re adding a room to your Brooklyn home, like a bonus room or enclosed workshop, a mini-split can be a cost-effective choice for keeping it comfortable in any weather. Instead of adding the cost of running ductwork into your project, a mini-split can heat and cool the area without adding ducts. In addition, your existing HVAC system is calibrated for your current square footage. Adding a new room to the system might be too much.

You’re Renovating

Homeowners who are renovating or remodeling an older home might find that it doesn’t have ductwork for a traditional HVAC system. Adding ductwork could be costly and might ruin the older home’s historic charm. A ductless mini-split can keep your historic home comfortable and have a low impact on the home’s look and feel.

You Have Allergies

Ductless systems can contribute to better indoor air quality because they’re not pulling air from outdoors through ducts, which can accumulate dust and allergens. With a mini-split, the air comes straight from the outdoors through a filter, so you know it’s clean.

Call a Pro

Even with these benefits, it’s important to make sure you go with an experienced professional when installing ductless mini-splits. If installed or placed incorrectly, they can actually make your home less comfortable and energy-efficient, or contribute to problems like high humidity.

If you’re thinking about adding an HVAC system or changing the one you have, the HVAC experts at Petri Plumbing & Heating are ready to make cost-effective recommendations for your home that will give you the best possible comfort. Call us at (718) 748-1254 or contact Petri Plumbing & Heating online today.

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