Comparing Traditional and Ductless HVAC Systems

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You’ve got a lot of options to choose from when you set up your modern HVAC system, so you should know a little bit about each one. Traditional systems use the building’s ductwork to circulate conditioned air throughout the space, while ductless HVAC systems get the job done without air ducts. Find out which one is right for your space by reading this comparison of traditional and ductless HVAC systems.


The right HVAC system can make all the difference, especially in the thick of the summer or the dead of the winter, so make the right choice so you can stay comfortable without spending too much money. Traditional HVAC systems use air ducts that funnel conditioned air from the heater or air conditioner throughout the space. You might notice problems with your indoor air quality or a lack of efficiency in your appliances if your ducts are dirty, but this is a popular option for people who already have ducts.


In stark contrast to traditional HVAC systems, ductless systems don’t use air ducts at all. Instead of moving air around through ducts, refrigerant is sent to air handlers, or blowers, which then spread the conditioned air throughout the room. They look like small boxes rather than vents built into the walls.

Your Home or Workplace

People who already have air ducts might go with traditional HVAC systems, but if you don’t have ducts and there’s no room to install them, ductless may be the better option. Ductless HVAC systems also help you deal with dust and set up different cooling zones. Whichever choice you make, find a professional installer.


If you have any questions about traditional or ductless HVAC systems, call B&J Refrigeration at (520) 308-6722. We specialize in commercial refrigeration as well as air conditioning services in Tucson. Take a look at our website if you’re interested in learning more.