As part of the Ductless on Every Job campaign we launched in September, we’re running biweekly blog posts that focus on situations where contractors can consider ductless as an answer to any homeowner’s HVAC need. This week, we’re focusing on why ductless zoning systems are an ideal solution for small spaces.

Ductless on Every Job

Small, efficient homes, like the homes
in the 2013 Solar Decathlon, are on the rise.

After decades of steady ascent, the average American home size has declined since 2007 and studies expect that downward trend to continue. According to a National Association of Home Builders survey, nearly 75 percent of builders feel that by 2015, the average U.S. home will fall from its current size of 2,438 square feet to 2,152 square feet.

As American homes become more compact, mechanical systems, including HVAC, will need to adapt to fit these smaller homes and maximize living space. With an increasing emphasis on efficient use of space, ductless zoning systems are the best solution for smaller, compact homes because the systems do not require ductwork or mechanical closet space, thus maximizing valuable square footage and ceiling height. The variety of indoor unit, or air handler, styles available – including wall-mounted, ceiling-recessed and floor-mounted – can be mixed and matched to accommodate any tricky space requirements.

The outdoor condensing unit has a similarly small footprint. About the size of a suitcase, the unit can be placed in a small alley, rooftop or porch, which is especially appealing for a row house or urban dwelling with little outdoor space.

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