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Go Ductless for Improved Air Quality

Ductless heat pumps can help improve indoor air qualityWhile central heating and cooling equipment is the most common approach to household comfort control, it is important to realize that this type of system creates many opportunities for contamination of your indoor air supply. HVAC and duct maintenance services are designed to keep your equipment running properly, and cleaning is an important part of these activities. However, going ductless may be the ideal way to improve your indoor air quality by eliminating some of the greatest sources of contamination.

What is Ductless Cooling Equipment?

A ductless system involves the installation of an outside unit and inside air handling units. Whereas your central system uses one large air handler, the ductless approach involves smaller air handlers that are placed in various rooms or living spaces. Each indoor unit handles the comfort control needs of its designated space, filtering the air as it is circulated.

How Does Ductless Equipment Improve Air Quality?

A ductless cooling system eliminates several significant issues from your home comfort equation. As your air supply is handled by independent units in smaller spaces, the potential for contamination of your air is reduced. Consider the following sources of indoor air pollution problems in your central system:

  • Duct leaks - Breaches in the walls of your ductwork can allow for the infiltration of a variety of pollutants. Dust and construction emissions can enter the area from crawl spaces, and carbon monoxide may infiltrate from an attached garage. Insects and rodents can also make their way into your ducts through damaged areas.
  • Dirty duct condition - In addition to materials from leaky areas, ducts can collect solid particles circulating in your airstream. Additionally, excessive humidity in your home can promote mold growth in the ducts.
  • Dirty system components - The air handling unit also collects dirt over time, leading to ongoing contamination of your air supply. During inactive times when cooling isn't needed, warmer conditions and a moist environment in the air handler may also promote the growth of mold and bacteria in the area.
  • Inefficient filtration - A central system's air filter can be neglected, allowing a buildup of dirt that can reduce the efficiency of the unit. In extreme cases, filters can bend, allowing particles to move freely through large gaps.

Installing ductless cooling can mitigate indoor air pollution problems by eliminating these sources of contamination. Additionally, each ductless air handler has its own multi-stage filtration system for more efficient cleaning of the air in a smaller space. Allergens and odors can be dramatically reduced as a result of going ductless.

Is Ductless Comfort Control Right for Me?

Your home is unique, and a one-on-one consultation with a Mitsubishi Electric Contractor is important for determining how a ductless system will serve your needs. Your contractor can provide air quality testing to pinpoint specific issues in your home. He can also offer you an overview of system benefits aside from air quality improvements. Allow us to help you find a contractor in your area today.

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