As a homeowner, you’re always looking for ways to improve your home’s efficiency, comfort and value by taking care of HVAC issues. One increasingly popular option is installing a ductless HVAC system. But you may be wondering if you should remove the existing ductwork or leave it in place when installing a new HVAC system. Here are the benefits and drawbacks of removing ductwork for a new ductless system.
Benefits of Removing Ductwork
Improved Energy Efficiency
One of the main advantages of removing old ductwork is increased energy efficiency. By eliminating the ductwork, you’re ensuring that the conditioned air from your new ductless system is delivered directly to the rooms, reducing energy loss and lowering your utility bills.
Enhanced Indoor Air Quality
Another benefit of removing ductwork is improved indoor air quality. Ducts accumulate dust, allergens and even mold. These tiny microbes and spores are then circulated throughout your home when you operate your HVAC system. By removing the ductwork and installing a ductless system, you’ll minimize these contaminants, leading to a healthier living environment.
More Space and Design Flexibility
Removing ductwork can free up valuable space in your home. With no need for bulky ducts, you’ll have greater design flexibility for future renovations or remodels.
Drawbacks of Removing Ductwork
One of the primary drawbacks of removing ductwork is the initial cost. However, the long-term energy savings and improved home value may offset this initial expense.
Potential Structural Changes
In some cases, removing ductwork may require structural changes to your home. This could involve opening walls, ceilings or floors, which can be disruptive and time-consuming. A professional HVAC technician can assess your home and provide guidance on whether these modifications are necessary.
Compatibility with Existing Systems
If you have a multi-story home or a complex layout, it may be more challenging to remove all the ductwork. In such cases, a combination of ducted and ductless systems could be the best solution. A professional can help determine the most efficient and cost-effective option for your specific needs.
Ultimately, the decision to remove or leave your old ductwork depends on your current system, budget, long-term plans and home layout. At Knight’s Mechanical, we pride ourselves on helping residential and commercial customers with all their HVAC needs. If you are looking to upgrade your system, we can provide you with a recommendation that will ensure the most efficient installation possible. Contact our team today.