Should I Switch to Ductless?
Heating a home can take a big chunk out of your budget. If you have been looking for a more efficient heating system, a ductless heat pump might be the answer. Here are reasons to consider going ductless.
Heat pumps are more efficient than many other heating systems because instead of creating heat, the pump simply collects existing heat from one area and deposits it in another area. A ductless pump is even more efficient than ducted models because no heat is lost through ducts. Instead, an outdoor unit is connected to an indoor air handler via tubing.
Ductless heat pumps operate very quietly. If you are used to the sound of a traditional furnace, the near-silence will be even more noticeable.
Ductless pumps offer more temperature flexibility from area to area. Each indoor unit has its own temperature control. Since you can hook up several indoor units to one outdoor unit, you can easily create temperature zones within the home. This feature makes ductless pumps more cost effective heat pumps. You save energy because you can avoid overheating some rooms just to keep other rooms sufficiently warm.
Flexible zoning makes ductless pumps ideal if you plan to add on to your home or business in the future, or if you want to heat previously unheated areas, such as a garage.
The indoor air handlers take up little space and can be conveniently mounted on a wall or ceiling. Installation typically takes little time and does not require extensive change of your home’s structure. Only a small hole in the wall is needed for the tubing that connects the outdoor and indoor units.
When are Ductless Heat Pumps the Best Option?
These cost effective heat pumps are suitable for most households, but you will find them especially beneficial if you:
• Have no existing ductwork or it is in bad shape
• Want to avoid the maintenance bills of duct cleaning and sealing
• Want more temperature flexibility between areas of the home
• Have no gas hookups or want to avoid gas heating
• Have allergy sufferers in the home who are sensitive to the dryness created by forced air heating
• Want a more energy-efficient home
When you have made the decision to go ductless, be sure to hire an experienced contractor for the installation. Your contractor can explain the installation process and let you know about all warranties, rebates and service plans available.