Do You Need Existing Ductwork for Heating?

Exploring Your Options

Are you considering installing a new heating system in your home but unsure if you need existing ductwork? Whether you’re upgrading your current system or building a new home, understanding your heating options is essential. In this guide, we’ll explore common heating solutions and whether they require existing ductwork.

Heat Pumps

Heat pumps are versatile heating and cooling systems that can operate with or without existing ductwork. Ductless mini-split heat pumps are an excellent option for homes without ductwork, offering zoned heating and cooling through individual air handlers mounted on walls or ceilings. Traditional central heat pumps, on the other hand, require ductwork to distribute air throughout the home efficiently.


Boilers are another heating option that does not rely on existing ductwork. Instead of blowing hot air through ducts, boilers use radiant heat to warm spaces through baseboard heaters, radiators, or radiant floor heating systems. These systems are ideal for homes without ductwork and provide consistent, comfortable warmth.


Traditional furnaces are the most common type of heating system found in homes with existing ductwork. Forced-air furnaces heat air and distribute it through ducts to various rooms in the home. While ductwork is necessary for this type of system, it can be installed in both new and existing homes.

Ductless Heating Systems

Ductless heating systems, such as ductless mini-split heat pumps and ductless air conditioners, offer an efficient heating solution for homes without existing ductwork. These systems consist of an outdoor unit connected to one or more indoor air handlers, providing targeted heating and cooling to individual rooms or zones.

Hydronic Heating Systems

Hydronic systems, including radiant floor and baseboard heaters, do not require existing ductwork. Instead, they use water or steam to distribute heat through pipes or tubing installed beneath the floor or along baseboards. These systems offer quiet, efficient heating without the need for ducts.

HVAC Services

At J.A. Bertsch Heating and Cooling, we specialize in providing comprehensive HVAC services to meet all of your heating needs. Whether you’re interested in installing a new heating system, upgrading your existing equipment, or exploring ductless options, our team of experts is here to help. Our services include:

  • Heat pump installation and repair
  • Boiler installation and maintenance
  • Furnace replacement and servicing
  • Ductless heating solutions
  • HVAC system assessments and consultations

Contact Us Today

Don’t let the absence of existing ductwork deter you from enjoying efficient and comfortable heating in your home. Contact J.A. Bertsch Heating and Cooling today at 208-715-9694 or fill out our online form to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced HVAC technicians. Let us help you explore your heating options and find the perfect solution for your home!

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