Ductless heat pumps are gaining traction in the United States. They are able to save homeowners energy and money by cutting approximately 30-40% of energy costs as compared to a forced-air system. Whether it is in a new or existing home, the benefits of using a ductless heat pump abound, and we will discuss more about how it works in this article.
One of the benefits of using a ductless heat pump is that only one system is needed to deliver both the heating and cooling. For example, if you reside in an older home and are reliant on an old boiler to deliver your heating, you can easily switch to a ductless heat pump to receive an energy-efficient cooling and heating system.
Whereas an air conditioner transfers heat from the inside to the outside, a ductless heat pump works by reversing the flow of refrigerant, creating an all-in-one system that saves homeowners money and energy.
There are two units to consider in a basic ductless cooling and heating system. Typically, one is inside, and one is outside. This is also why it may be referred to as a split-ductless system or mini-split system. Therefore, it takes up much less space than a more traditional heating and cooling system. The reliance on narrow refrigerant piping to distribute heating and cooling energy to small units inside allows energy to be saved.
Therefore, the ductless system is quick, easy to install, and ultimately efficient. For example, the refrigerant lines are able to offer simpler heating and cooling solutions over the more traditional forced-air system. More specifically, traditional forced-air systems may squander up to 30% of their energy simply trying to get cold air through large ducts and distribute it throughout the home.
A ductless system allows for a zone-specific solution since it can accommodate up to eight indoor units for every outdoor unit. This permits homeowners to focus on specific areas that need heating and cooling and save energy while cutting costs. Each “zone” can have its own controller, putting the power back into the hands of homeowners. If you need to, you may even buy two ductless multi-room outdoor units if you have a larger home.
Ductless systems are a greener solution that saves homeowners money while reducing their carbon footprint. However, be sure that you have the proper insulation needed, and that any door, window, or attic air leaks are resolved and sealed. That way, the heating and cooling elements do not go “right out the window.”
Ductless systems, also referred to as split-ductless or mini-split systems, are arresting the attention of homeowners. They are efficient, quick and easy to install, and offer a zone-specific and greener solution that can save energy, cut costs, and reduce the carbon footprint of many homeowners.