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Ductless Heating

Winters in Colorado are not to be trifled Ductless-Woman-300x244with. When temperatures drop and the days grow shorter, your best ally is a great heating system. Hopefully, you’ve got one installed in your home already, and it is ready to go at a moment’s notice. Or, more realistically at this point, it is ready to run and run and run for the foreseeable future. Of course, it is entirely possible you’ll need to replace your heater unexpectedly or that you are simply planning ahead for a heating replacement in the spring.

Whatever the case may be, we encourage you to weigh your options carefully so you wind up with the perfect heating system for your needs. Just because you’ve always used the same type of heater does not mean you have to continue using the same type of heater, after all. A ductless heating system may be what you’ve always wanted, even if you were not aware of it until now!

Why Skip the Ductwork?

There are a few reasons why you may want to forgo the use of ductwork when heating your home.

First of all, you may not have ductwork previously installed. Maybe you had an old boiler that used a radiant heating system or baseboards to heat your home. Those systems are great, but you may want to take advantage of forced air heating instead. Rather than install new ductwork in an existing property, you can retrofit your home with a ductless mini split with much less hassle.

Alternatively, you may want to avoid the use of ductwork in order to also avoid the inefficiency and air quality issues that can stem from leaky ductwork. Ideally, your ductwork would be expertly installed and then never run into any issues. Even if your ductwork is installed and designed properly every step of the way, however, chances are an issue will develop eventually. That’s just the reality that we live in.

There Are Many Other Benefits to Consider

The major one being that, when you heat your home with a ductless mini split, you’re using a heat pump. Like other heat pumps, ductless systems do not generate new heat in order to heat your home. Instead, they use the refrigerant cycle to exploit the heat transfer principle. This is a fancy way of saying your system will use existing heat in the air outside in order to heat your home with great energy efficiency.

In the summer, the ductless mini split evaporates refrigerant in the indoor coils in order to remove heat from the air in your home. That’s what makes your home cooler. In the winter, refrigerant evaporates in the outdoor coil. That refrigerant absorbs heat from the air outside and is then compressed to boost its thermal energy. After traveling indoors, the refrigerant is condensed and the heat it releases is used to heat your home. Because the ductless blowers are all controlled independently of one another, you can also easily maintain different temperatures in different areas of your home, further boosting efficiency while living more comfortably!

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Ductless heating systems have gained a lot of traction in the residential sector over recent years. While ductless mini splits have long been commonly used in commercial settings, homeowners have started to learn of the many benefits that they have to offer, as well. If you are uncertain of how a ductless heating system works, or if you’ve never even heard of this worthwhile heating option, read the following information. You just may find that using a ductless heating system in Fort Collins, CO is a good fit for your heating needs. Contact a member of the Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning team with any questions that you may have. 

How to Heat Your Home without Ductwork

You may think that using a boiler system, or even a fireplace, is your only option if you don’t want to use air ducts in your home. This is not the case. You can still enjoy the prompt and effective heating that forced air allows for, without the need for a single air duct in your home. Ductless mini splits feature an outdoor unit, much like those in a traditional heat pump system—and ductless heating systems do use heat pump technology—and this unit can support up to four blowers within the house. These blowers connect to the outdoor unit via power, refrigerant, and any necessary drainage lines. The refrigerant in the unit outside absorbs heat from the air. That refrigerant is further compressed, and it travels to the blowers, which use its thermal energy to heat air that they blow directly into the rooms in which they are installed.

Why Opt for Ductless Heating

Not only does the heat transfer process used by heat pumps allow for the very efficient heating of one’s home, but the ductless aspect of this system itself offers a few benefits as well. First of all, you won’t have to worry about leaky ductwork leading to a drop in energy efficiency. Additionally, leaky ductwork won’t be able to allow pollutants into the system, only to spread them throughout the house, since there is no ductwork that can leak. To schedule ductless heating services with professionals that you can count on, simply dial our number.


It may be a bitter pill to swallow for some, but it is now nearly the midpoint of September, and you know what that means; winter is going to be here before you know it. Before the coldest  time of the year arrives yet again, it is important that you ensure that you have a great heater installed in your home. If you are ready to invest in a brand new heating system for  the very first time, or if you’d like to schedule a heating replacement before winter gets under way, consider the use of a ductless heater in Fort Collins, COThey have many benefits to offer, provided that you schedule your installation with a trained professional, such as those here at Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning.

Great Energy Efficiency

Ductless heaters are able to heat homes with outstanding energy efficiency. This is due to the fact that they have no ductwork which can tear, corrode, or otherwise degrade, leading to air  loss  en route. Air ducts are quite effective at efficiently delivering air through a home, but they will run into problems eventually, and these problems can be tough to spot.

Better Indoor Air Quality

While your main concern with damaged ductwork may be problems with energy efficiency, remember that you may also encounter problems with low indoor air quality. This is because pollutants can make their way into your  air ducts with almost as much ease as air can leak out of them. By eliminating the need for ductwork, you eliminate the risk of such problems.

Improved Temperature Control

When you heat your home, do you have to heat it to one temperature throughout? If so, you may be putting the comfort of certain individuals in your home on the chopping block. Different people are comfortable at different temperatures,  after all. Because the individual blowers in a ductless heating system can be controlled independently of the others, you  can actually heat different areas of your home to different temperatures. Contact us today to learn more.


At first, it may be difficult to understand what would make someone choose ductless heating for their home. Central heating just seems so much more convenient. There’s just one thermostat that controls the whole house. You can be at the same comfortable room temperature no matter where you are in your home. Why give that up for a unit that can only heat one room? Well, read on to find out what you’ve been missing.

Why Ductless Heating?

A ductless heating system is essentially a heat pump. It consists of two units, one inside and one outside. The outside unit siphons heat from the air, while the inside one circulates that heat through the room. It’s called a ductless system because it is installed directly in the room that you want heated, rather than piping in the warm air from elsewhere in the house.

The first reason you’d want a ductless heating system is energy efficiency. Systems that use ducts often lose 20-30% of their heat on average to leaks in those same ducts. That translates to a substantially higher heating bill for you. Ductless systems essentially have no travel time between the heater and the destination, meaning that no heat is wasted in transit between locations. Making a switch will likely cause an appreciable decrease in your heating bills as a result. Since ductless systems are only meant to really serve one room, you can also save money by only heating rooms that need heating. What’s the point of heating the guest room if no one is occupying it?

The second reason to consider an upgrade to a ductless system is flexibility. Each ductless unit is operated by its own thermostat. This not only allows you to ignore rooms that you aren’t currently occupying. It also allows different occupants of the house to pick a room temperature that is most comfortable for them. No more fighting over the single thermostat that controls the heater because you have different comfort levels than your spouse, relatives, or roommates!

If you are thinking about upgrading to a ductless heating system, call Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning. We install ductless heating throughout the Loveland area.


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