Ductless HVAC: Is It Right For Your Home?


Ductless HVAC: Is It Right For Your Home?

If you’re thinking about getting a ductless mini-split HVAC system, you may be asking yourself if it’s the right choice for your home. For some spaces, a mini-split is the perfect solution! For others, it may make sense to invest in another HVAC unit.

Mini-split HVAC system are small but powerful, offering highly energy efficiency and a rush of cold air – perfect for some homes. They’re a great option for homes that don’t have existing ductwork, like many historic homes in the Pennsylvania area.

How do you know if a mini-split is the right choice for your home or room? We’re sharing the pros and cons of mini-splits to help you better understand the best option for you!


  • No ductwork is required. Like we mentioned, mini-splits are a great option for homes without preexisting ductwork. If the space you’re trying to condition doesn’t have vents and ducts, a ductless mini-split could be a great way to cool down that space.
  • They are a great replacement for window units. If you’re currently relying on window units to cool upstairs rooms in your home during warmer months, a ductless mini-split can help.
  • Installation is relatively easy. A ductless mini-split just needs a three-inch hole in an outer wall to reach the outdoor condenser unit. The installation can usually be done relatively fast, too.
  • Big energy-efficiency benefits. When a mini-split is installed by a professional like the team at Bear, they can be highly efficient and even reduce your current energy costs.

Possible Drawbacks

  • They’re not great for large spaces. A ductless mini-split isn’t a replacement for your traditional forced-air system or an entire home’s HVAC solution.
  • Humidity may be an issue. Ductless mini-splits usually don’t remove humidity as well as conventional systems do, especially the lower-cost models that are specifically engineered to help with this.
  • Filter maintenance is required. To keep a ductless system operating at its best, you need to wash and maintain the filter. We usually recommend washing your filter each month, but factors like dust, pets, and other dust can dictate how frequently it is required.
  • They will be seen. If the appearance of your system is a factor in your decision making, a mini-split may not fit the bill, because they are hard to conceal. Indoor mini-split units are distinctive white or beige and don’t offer many options for coving them up.

Consult With A Professional

As always, be sure to consult a professional about what’s best for your space. Sizing HVAC systems — including mini-splits — requires detailed calculations and you may have other questions a professional can help answer.

At Bear Service, we have the experience necessary to make the best recommendations for your comfort and the skills to install a mini-split in your home if that’s the right choice for you. To learn more about ductless HVAC, call us at 484-202-3594 or use our online scheduler to book an appointment with our team today!