The advantages of a ductless heat pump make it a solid alternative for cooling and heating a space that would otherwise be difficult or expensive to condition. Heat pumps simply take heat from one place and move it to another. The refrigerant collects the heat from the home in the summer and exhausts it outdoors. The process reverses in the winter and the refrigerant works to warm the room. These systems have two primary components: the indoor air handler and the outdoor condenser. They connect via a narrow, flexible pipe that carries the drainpipe, refrigerant and power.
So What Are the Advantages of a Ductless Heat Pump?
- Easy to install - Unlike central HVAC equipment, ductless systems are easier to install since they don't use ducts. Adding ducts adds to the expense and difficulty of installing a central system, along with taking up extra space. The HVAC installer drills a small hole in the exterior wall to run the conduit that connects the condenser with the air handler. The refrigerant is installed at the factory, which assures that each system has the precise amount for optimal efficiency.
- Flexible - The air handler can be placed on the wall, the ceiling, or rest on the floor. Larger ductless systems can support up to eight separate air handlers, giving you the option to expand your system in the future.
- Energy efficient - Ductless heat pumps must meet the same energy efficiency standards that central heat pumps do, and many ductless systems are available with seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) and heating season performance factor (HSPF) ratings that exceed the minimum standards.
For many homeowners, the efficiency of a ductless system is one of the top advantages of a ductless heat pump. The lack of ductwork increases the energy efficiency of ductless systems because no air or thermal losses occur, since the air enters the room directly. Each air handler has its own thermostat settings, so you can turn the unit off when not using the space.
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Paul Wadsworth is the President and Owner of P.K. Wadsworth Heating and Cooling. For 37 years, Paul has been providing heating and cooling services to the Greater Cleveland area. P.K. Wadsworth has been a trusted Cleveland HVAC service company for over 75 years. The company understand the area's construction and local heating and air conditioning needs. Paul has an MBA from the University of Michigan and a B.S., Industrial Engineering from Purdue University. Paul is the Chairman of COSE's Energy Advisory Council. He's been President of the Cleveland Air Conditioning Contractors of America and a founding member of the local chapter. Paul was born and raised in Cleveland and has been active in the local community. He resides in Cleveland, Ohio with his wife and two sons.
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