How Do Ductless Systems Help With Allergies?
How Do Ductless Systems Help With Allergies?
Many people who suffer from allergies think that hiding in their homes during the spring and summer months will protect them from the pollen-filled air outside. Unfortunately, many people don’t realize that the ductwork in their air conditioning systems can be an ideal hiding place for the very allergens that they are trying to avoid. Air filters can help remove some of the particles that aggravate asthma and allergies, but the truth is that as long as your system is still using ducts, it is almost impossible to fully filtrate your air and ensure only clean, pollen-free air is flowing through your home.
The solution to this? Remove the ducts! Lennox® ductless systems are better for those with allergies and asthma as they not only eliminate spaces for aggravating particles to congregate, but they also filter and purify the air continuously in multiple stages. Ductless units also have the advantage of being incredibly quiet as well as energy-efficient and cost-effective.
For years now, standard AC systems have involved a system of ducts that move heated air outside of your home and cooled, conditioned air inside. This system can be a good way to cool a home, but it also allows for the congregation of air pollutants that can aggravate asthma and allergies. These pollutants can include:
Filters help remove some of these pollutants, but it can become costly to continuously replace the highest-quality filters, and you may also need to install additional filtration options which will only add to your expenses. Even with frequent filtration replacement, it is almost impossible to completely remove airborne pollutants as long as you have a ducted system. This is due to the fact that ducts have many corners and crevices where particles can get caught and build up even when the system is turned off. When the air starts to flow again - and anytime air moves through the system - these pollutants are stirred up and re-introduced to your home.
Ductless systems are more efficient when it comes to removing air pollutants for a few reasons. The primary reason is the lack of ductwork. Instead of the typical system of large ducts and vents running through your house, ductless systems work with several smaller air handling units placed throughout your home which are all connected to one larger, outdoor unit without any use of ducts. This eliminates the typical hiding places where pollutants tend to get caught and build up. The lack of ducts also allows for more efficient air purification.
The Problem with Ducts
Dust and Dust Mites
Airborne Bacteria and Viruses
How A Ductless System Helps Allergy and Asthma Sufferers
Another way ductless systems work better for allergy and asthma sufferers is that the individual air handling units generally operate continuously with fans which help purify air immediately and rapidly. These systems absorb and purify odors, excess moisture, dust, and allergens on a regular basis. This is in contrast to the intermittent purification performed in regular ducted and ventilation systems where the air is only purified when flowing over the filters. The multiple air handling units also filter air more efficiently as they are placed in zones throughout your home and can remove pollutants and irritants evenly rather than just a few vents and openings which all lead to one main filter as seen in typical HVAC systems.
In addition to purifying the air and reducing allergens, ductless systems also have additional benefits including silent operation, energy efficiency, and possible federal, state, or utility credits.
More Benefits of Lennox Ductless Systems
Since ductless systems operate by utilizing smaller air handlers throughout your home, you have the option of using zone conditioning. This works similar to having various window units and only turning on the ones you need, but ductless systems are sleeker and less clunky than window units, can be placed in almost any room in the home regardless of window access, and are quieter and much more efficient. Window units and even typical HVAC systems which use ducts can be loud and distracting when they kick on. A ductless system is whisper-quiet and unobtrusive. No longer will you need to worry about the sound of your AC distracting you from quality conversations or simply enjoying some peace and quiet in your own home this summer.
Another advantage of zone-specific cooling is that it can significantly reduce your utility bills in the summer, especially if you have a large home with rooms that aren’t frequently used during the hotter months. You can choose not to cool these rooms when they aren’t in use but can also easily activate their specific air handling units for rapid cooling if you want to cool the room off for comfortable use.
Due to the positive effect these units can have on the environment since they are more energy efficient, it is possible you can get federal or state tax credits, or even utility credits. This can help with the original cost of the instillation, and the continued savings on energy bills will provide a nice break for your wallet.
If you decide that you want to benefit from the money-saving, energy efficient, allergen-reducing effects of a ductless system, the next thing you should do is contact Wade Heating & Cooling. We can discuss various options as well as answer any questions you may still have about how these systems work. We will also help you explore possible credits as well as the best way to install this system in your particular home. Our installers are fast and efficient and can often get your new ductless system up and working in a single day!
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