Sunrooms provide an ideal place to enjoy the comfort of the indoors and the beauty of the outdoors simultaneously. This is especially true in spring and fall, when outdoor temperatures in the Triangle are most agreeable. But how can you enjoy your sunroom in the cold of winter?
It’s important to consider that there are different types of heating systems made for different environments. For instance, your home probably uses a furnace or heat pump primarily, but your sunroom may need a different HVAC solution. Read on to see why Boer Brothers recommends ductless heating for sunrooms.
How ductless HVAC works in Chapel Hill, NC
The major difference between ductless and central heating and air conditioning is the use of ductwork. In a traditional or central system, air is treated by the a/c unit, furnace, or heat pump, then transported to different rooms through ductwork. These ducts have to be large enough to move great quantities of air, and therefore are concealed in attics, crawlspaces, and behind walls. This can be a challenge for sunrooms, as they’re often constructed as an addition to the house with walls featuring large windows. For many homes with sunrooms or older homes in Chapel Hill, installing ductwork by retrofitting is difficult, if not impossible to achieve. Ductless systems solve this dilemma with their versatility. Mini-splits, as they’re called, can be installed anywhere with a connection to electricity and a small hole drilled through the wall for a refrigerant connection to an outdoor unit. Like central air, ductless systems come as air conditioners or dual-function heat pumps.
Advantages of ductless systems for Triangle area sunrooms
Ductless HVAC systems offer various benefits. As previously mentioned, mini-splits are compatible with virtually any sunroom or older building. In fact, individual units can be installed in rooms that already receive central A/C or heat as well. The ability to install units in the rooms you choose also provides ultimate comfort and efficiency. This zoning ability means you’ll only have to heat the rooms that you need to this winter, saving money and keeping temperatures more consistent. So when you’ve finished enjoying your sunroom for the day, you don’t have to continue using energy to heat it. Eliminating ductwork also makes air cleaner, as ducts collect dust and debris that pollute the air quality in your home. In addition, new ductless systems use R-410A refrigerant, which provides a more eco-friendly way to enjoy the comfort of your sunroom during cold North Carolina winters.
Call Boer Brothers Heating & Cooling today and see if ductless heating is the right option for your home’s sunroom.