In order for a furnace to work, ductwork is needed: an air handler pushes heated air out of the furnace cabinet and distributes it throughout the house.
You don’t need ducts for quality home heating.
You can skip the ductwork entirely with a ductless mini-split heat pump. Consider ductless heating if your furnace is nearing the end of its useful life. Ductless heating systems are also ductless cooling systems. The heat pump that provides heating during cold weather can also switch into air conditioning mode during the summer. In one unit, two problems were solved. You need special dampers in your ventilation system if you want zone control heating with a furnace. However, ductless systems use individual blowers in different rooms, so zone heating is already included. You can shut off the blowers for rooms that don’t require heat, and people can adjust the local blowers for their own comfort. Dust and debris can collect in the ducts in your home. This dust will be blown into the air by the furnace. Ductless systems remove this source of air contamination to improve indoor air quality. Because ductless mini splits are heat pumps, they do not need to burn any fuel to create heat. Instead, they use a small amount of electricity to power their components to move heat from one place to the other. Switching from a furnace to a heat pump can mean savings of up to 30% off your heating bills. All these advantages sound fantastic, but ductless heating isn’t right for every home. There may be efficiency issues with heat pumps in extremely cold weather, and abandoning existing ducts may not be a wise decision. Choosing the right heating system depends on your situation.