The Cons of Ductless HVAC Systems

When searching for "heating and cooling systems," you probably had a dozen or more show up in Google. However, you've been hearing a lot about ductless HVAC systems and are curious to learn more. Can they work for your space?

Atlantis Comfort Systems offers the best heating and cooling systems in Rhode Island. Our expert HVAC technicians are passionate about helping area homeowners and business owners find the perfect air conditioner or furnace for their home or office. In our previous blog post, we took a look at the advantages a ductless HVAC system offers. Below, we'll take a look at the disadvantages. Contact our HVAC company to learn more today!

What is a ductless HVAC system?

Otherwise known as a mini-split level system, ductless HVAC systems heat and cool your home without using ductwork to transport the air. The air handlers and the compressors/condensers are separated out, with the air handlebars being inside and the compressors being outside. Each room has its own air handler and is connected to the compressor outdoors. These little mini-units are perfect for heating and cooling room additions, sunrooms, garages, workshops, and more. A ductless HVAC system works the same as your traditional air conditioning and heating unit, except that it has multiple compressors that aren't housed in a single unit.


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Not ideal for large spaces.

Ductless HVAC systems have a hard time heating and cooling your entire home. They are great for individual rooms, but since there is no transportation system, i.e. ductwork, the conditioned air has a hard time moving to other parts of your home.


High maintenance.

Ductless HVAC systems have a relatively high maintenance requirement. They are equipped with filters that are much smaller than your average furnace filter. This means they collect pollen, dust, allergens, and contaminants much faster, so you'll have to remember to clean them as the bare minimum on a monthly basis. If you have pets, you will have to clean them more frequently due to the pet hair that will collect in your system. If you don't clean your heating and cooling filter on a regular basis, you could damage your system, which would warrant a call to your professional HVAC technician.


Can clash with your decor.

The beauty of ductwork is that most of it is hidden behind a wall or above you in the ceiling. All you notice are registers and vents. However, with a ductless HVAC system, it sits in your living room, kitchen, bedroom, or wherever out in the open. You can't really hide it. Plus, they come in either white or beige, so plan your home accordingly.


Not great with humidity.

Ductless heating and air systems are not equipped to handle the humidity like larger, more traditional HVAC systems.


Not great with heating.

If you live in a colder climate, furnaces are usually recommended. This is because the heat pump in a mini-split system has a hard time extracting what little warm air is in the cool air. Atlantis Comfort Systems usually recommends furnaces here in Rhode Island unless you have a small space for this reason.



Atlantis Comfort Systems began over 10 years ago with the idea to offer better heating and cooling systems to homeowners and business owners in the Rhode Island area with better customer service. Our mission is to help you live comfortably at affordable rates. When you have a heating or cooling problem, give our expert HVAC technicians a call. We offer free estimates so you will have a good idea of what the cost is upfront. We service all of your needs associated with heating and cooling, from AC repair and maintenance to furnace installation and ductwork cleaning.

Our HVAC team understands that home and office energy costs can be a big expense. When you partner with us, we'll help you find the best HVAC system and solution that will help you to save money and reduce your carbon footprint. Our friendly HVAC technicians also offer HVAC piping, sheet metal fabrication, design builds, and energy retrofitting. We specialize in multi-family residential installation for apartments and condos. We also offer noise abatement for when you live or work near a major street or a railroad. We are on the cutting-edge of technology and innovation and are always striving to bring you the highest-quality, energy-efficient HVAC systems.


In sum, Atlantis Comfort Systems specializes in creating indoor spaces at the perfect temperature. We invest in high-efficiency systems in order to help you not only reduce your heating and cooling bill, but also help you reduce your carbon footprint. If you are looking for a residential or commercial HVAC system for your home or office in Rhode Island, give Atlantic Comfort Systems a call today!