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Ductless System vs. Packaged System: Which Is Best for Your Home?

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There’s more than one heating and air conditioning option to choose from when it comes to keeping your home comfortable. Here’s how to determine which is right for you.

If you would like to update, upgrade or install a heating and air conditioning system in your home, there are several options from which to choose. Each model has its distinct advantages and disadvantages. Which one is right for you, will depend on the layout of your home and the needs and desires you have as the homeowner.

Let’s take a look at two popular HVAC systems—the ductless system and packaged system—to help you determine if one might be ideal for your situation.

What Are Ductless Systems and Packaged Systems?

As its name implies, a ductless system does not have any ductwork. In a central HVAC system, the heater, air conditioner and air handler send warm or cool air to the different areas of the home through a series of large pipes. In a ductless system, there are no large pipes transporting warm or cool air. Instead, the heated or cooled air is circulated directly into the room.

In a packaged system, ductwork is still necessary to deliver the warm or cool air. However, all of the heating and cooling equipment is in one compact unit. The heater, compressor, air handler, etc. are all in a single physical package.

When Is a Packaged System the Best Choice?

A packaged system is ideal for homes where there isn’t a lot of space for multiple HVAC components. Homes with small interiors and yards can benefit from the compact nature of packaged HVAC units. Another advantage of packaged systems is that they are easier to maintain because all of the components are in one place.

Why Choose a Ductless System?

Ductless systems have a couple of key advantages:

  • First, they don’t require ductwork. Older homes or homes without interior space for large ducts commonly have ductless systems.
  • Second, they are energy efficient. In a typical duct HVAC system, there is a lot of energy lost simply by moving the air from the HVAC unit to the indoor room. In the summertime, the cool air warms up as it moves through the pipes. And in the winter time, the warm air cools off as it travels through the pipes. This leads to energy loss and higher heating and cooling bills.

There are so many heating and air conditioning options available that it can be confusing to find the right one for your home. For additional help making these important choices, get in touch with our team at Jerry’s Air Conditioning and Heating. Connect with us online now.

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