There are many situations in Ottawa where we come across homes with no ducting system. Air ducts are the most common way to distribute warm and cool air throughout your home. They are typically made of aluminum and carry the air from the furnace to each room through a series of duct channels. The air enters each room via the register. Without this distribution present, heating and cooling your home can be a challenge. In the past, most people used window mounted air conditioners where they needed them most. These units are often noisy, block the view out of a window, and are not very efficient. They also require manual drainage in many cases with the potential for dripping and flooding.
So why would homes not have a ducting system installed? For older homes found in areas such as the Glebe, air conditioning was not a mainstream installation during this time. The typically heating system was a boiler which uses a hydraulic system to pass hot water/steam throughout a series of pipes. We also find that many additions to homes in the Ottawa area do not have a ducting system attached to the main HVAC system, creating the need for heating and cooling in the added area.
Ottawa Cooling Solutions
If you have a home that does not have a complete ducting system in place, there are now a lot of options for heating and cooling the space. The most popular is a ductless split air conditioner. This product has two major components. The first is an outside (usually wall mounted) heat pump (compressor) and the second is an indoor air handler. Note that additional air handlers can be added to heat and cool more than one room or a larger space. This system eliminates the need for duct work and provides efficient heating and cooling for your home. Ductless split air conditioners are also often referred to as mini-split systems referencing the outside and inside units. Unlike a traditional air conditioner product, they use two components instead of one.
Ductless split air conditioners or heat pumps are also used for rooms in your home where you cannot get enough air flow straining your HVAC system. They can be added to a home heating and cooling system to eliminate warm/cold rooms enhancing home comfort.
A ductless split air conditioner offers many benefits. The most notable benefit is that you no longer need a noisy window mounted air conditioner. Instead, you can enjoy the view outside while staying cool without hearing a loud air conditioner starting and stopping all the time. You also do not have to remove the unit from the window each year. Ductless split air conditioners are extremely efficient because they offer exceptional control of climate zones. For example, if you have a ductless split in your bedroom and downstairs, you can adjust the temperature so that the bedroom stays cooler at night when you are in the room and the downstairs is set to a warmer temperature. This can greatly reduce your home’s heating and cooling costs throughout the year!
One benefit to ductless split air conditioners that is often overlooked is increased home security. If you currently have window mounted air conditioning products in your home this can be an easy way for a home invader to gain access to your residence. After installing a ductless split air conditioner the window mounted units are no longer needed increasing the security of your home.
Ductwork can also create a bit of an eyesore in certain areas of your home. Bulkheads reduce ceiling height and are hard to hide especially if you have vaulted ceilings without an attic. Since ductwork is not needed with split systems, you can avoid unsightly bulkheads in your installation area.
Ottawa Air Conditioner Experts
At AirZone, we have a highly trained team ready to answer all of your questions about home heating and cooling. We are a 5 star rated company on Facebook and Google, and keep an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. If you are interested in learning more about our ductless split heat pumps or would like a free in home consultation contact our experts today! We never use any pressure sales techniques and instead rely on honest expert advice paired with reliable and long lasting products as our sales approach.