Can I Use a Ductless Mini-Split Heat Pump to Heat My Home?

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A ductless mini-split heat pump is an efficient choice for managing your home comfort. A heat pump is effective for both heating and cooling. If you’re looking for an innovative new way to tackle your home temperatures, this could be the solution that you’re looking for. Read on to learn more about what ductless mini-split heat pumps are and how they work.

How Ductless Heat Pumps Work

A ductless mini-split heat pump is a heating and cooling system that operates without the use of ductwork. This installation features an outdoor compressor/condenser and one or more indoor air handling units. The indoor units are typically mounted to the wall near the ceiling. These are connected to the outdoor unit via refrigerant tubing, suction tubing, a power cable, and a condensate drain line. These pass through a small three-inch hole in the wall.

Each indoor unit is managed independently with a ductless heat pump. This gives you zoned home comfort. You can adjust the temperature on each unit to deliver the ideal amount of heating or cooling in individual parts of the home.

Heating and Cooling with a Heat Pump

Heat pumps can both heat and cool your home. They’re most effective for heating in moderate climates, which makes our Floridian area ideal for this type of installation. Heat pumps don’t generate heat like a furnace. Instead, they move heat from one area to another. When they’re in cooling mode, they pull heat from the air inside the home and vent it outside. In heating more, the system brings heat from the outside air in to warm your living space.

Pros of Ductless Systems

Ductless heat pumps offer many benefits over their more traditional ducted counterparts. If you switch to a ductless system, you’ll enjoy perks like:

  • Adjustable comfort in every part of the home that has a unit
  • Lower utility bills from the efficient heat transfer system
  • Freedom from air loss through leaky ducts, which results in higher energy bills

Cons of Ductless Systems

If you’re considering a switch to a ductless mini-split, there are also a few drawbacks that you may want to consider. These systems are best when you’re using them throughout the whole home, as this is the most efficient way to offset the installation cost.

  • Installation costs are higher than switching from one ducted system to another.
  • The heating mode is not sufficient for extremely cold temperatures.
  • A ductless heat pump is more expensive than baseboard heating if you’re warming a single room.

If you’re interested in adding a ductless mini-split heat pump to your home, our experienced installation technicians can help. Call Del-Air to learn more about how you can incorporate a heat pump into your home. We can offer an installation quote for a heat pump, as well as other options so you can compare your choices and select the best heating solution for your home.

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