Popular Ductless Applications
Ductless Air Conditioning Options for Older Homes
Offering easy and flexible installation options and improved energy efficiency, Carrier ductless systems are an excellent air conditioning option for older homes. Older homes weren’t built to accommodate the ductwork that goes along with standard modern heating and air conditioning systems. Carrier ductless systems allow you to preserve the integrity of your home’s historic architecture without having to carve out spaces for ducts and vents. High wall units or under ceiling units can be installed directly to existing surfaces, eliminating the need to patch, plaster or paint. Or, for low-profile home comfort, console units can be installed into the wall itself without disrupting the formal décor of spaces like dining rooms.
Older homes also tend to be less energy efficient than newer ones. Carrier ductless heating and cooling systems can offset the energy loss of an older home because they offer high efficiency system options. With the flexibility of targeting one living space with a single-zone system, or several different spaces with a multi-zone system, you can save on utility bills by directing comfort to the areas that need it without wasting energy on areas that don’t.
Sunroom Heating and Cooling Units
In a room with less wall space to hang a unit (as in a sunroom with mostly glass walls), a console ductless indoor unit can be installed detached from the wall on feet, allowing for lower-impact installation. Installation should be faster, easier and less costly because your contractor will not have to run ductwork from an existing system.
Installing a ductless mini split unit in a sunroom is an energy-efficient choice as well. With inverter-controlled variable-speed compressor technology Carrier ductless heating and cooling units offer very high efficiency models while delivering even, consistent comfort. Plus, you can conserve energy by only heating or cooling your sunroom when it is in use.
Ductless Air Conditioners for Garages
For a space that may not be connected to your home’s central HVAC, ductless offers compact cooling and heating to keep you comfortable all year long. For example, a garage is not typically an area that includes ductwork and venting for heating or cooling. Looking for additional living space, using it as a woodworking shop, or do you spend a lot of time tinkering with your cars? Your garage offers a number of inviting uses besides just housing your vehicles or your lawn mower. And that makes it a likely candidate for installing a ductless mini split system. With a number of indoor unit options to choose from – high wall, under ceiling, in-ceiling, or console – you can easily find a model that fits your needs. Once it’s installed, you can save money on your utility bills by only using it when you’re using the space.
Hot and Cold Spots
For rooms with hot or cold spots, ductless HVAC systems can provide more complete control, targeting those areas with uneven temperatures for more consistent comfort throughout your whole home. Traditional ducted/forced air HVAC systems rely on airflow throughout the home to distribute heating and cooling comfort. Hot and cold spots in homes with ducted systems are common for a number of reasons:
- Placement, number and size of windows in a room
- Quality of ductwork and resulting airflow
- Heat-generating appliances like an oven or clothes dryer
- Location, such as basement, main floor or second floor
- Distance from the indoor air handler unit (typically, the furnace or fan coil)
- Outdoor influences such as shade trees
Zoned systems with individual control over temperature in different areas can solve these issues, but retrofitting a ducted system for zoning can be expensive and not always possible. A Carrier ductless HVAC system can solve many of these issues by putting a heating or cooling source in each area of concern either as a replacement for or supplement to your existing central HVAC system.
Renovations and Additions
Renovations and room additions are a popular ductless application due to the ease of installation and flexibility. Carrier Ductless systems can be easily integrated into new architecture, since they don’t require a connection to existing ductwork. No special accommodations need to be made for additional space between walls or above ceilings.
Converted Attics and Basements
Ductless works best in rooms with tight spaces and/or hard-to-control temperatures. Inverter technology allows the system to run longer cycles at lower fan speeds, which helps the system dehumidify while cooling. Less humidity means more comfort – even at higher temperatures in attics – and better control of comfort in lower natural-light conditions typical in basements.
Less kids means more space. In a home where some rooms are no longer being used every day, Carrier Ductless systems can be configured so you only heat or cool spaces when you’re using them, and you can save on energy when you’re not.
Ductless for Condos
Just like traditional homes, condominiums come in a number of shapes and sizes. In general, condos typically feature less living space, and much less real estate outside to place heating and cooling equipment. That’s why they are the perfect application for a Carrier ductless mini split system. Slim profile outdoor units take up less space and can even be wall-mounted if necessary. Longer refrigerant line lengths allowed between the outdoor compressor unit and indoor unit make placement considerations extremely flexible. And because no ductwork is required, retrofitting is a breeze for the installing technician. With smaller system sizing requirements and several ENERGY STAR® models available, a Carrier ductless system can save big on your condo’s utility bills as well.