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What is a Ductless Heat Pump?

Unlike traditional heat pump systems, ductless or mini-split heat pump systems provide heating and cooling without the need for ductwork. Traditional heat pumps are already extremely efficient compared to other HVAC systems but ductless heat pumps take this efficiency a step further.

Despite the undeniable convenience of centralized heating and cooling, centralized systems using ductwork are prone to significant energy waste due to leaks and gaps in duct connections.

In fact, the U.S Department of Energy reports more than 30% of the energy required to condition a space can be lost due to inefficiencies in the ductwork. Energy Star corroborates these findings, reporting that approximately 20 to 30 percent of the air passing through a duct system is lost.

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What are the best applications for ductless heat pumps?

Homes Without Existing Ductwork

Adding ductwork to a home can be a big renovation that may involve cutting into walls, floors, and ceilings.

Ductless heat pumps can save a homeowner thousands of dollars by taking the ductwork problem out of the equation, while also eliminating the headache that comes with major renovations.

Hot or Cold Spots

Not all types of homes play well with centralized systems. Ductless mini-split heat pump systems are ideal for larger or two-story homes with rooms located far away from the air handling unit.

Adding a mini-split heat pump to problem rooms is a popular solution for many homeowners as they can achieve better temperature control and eliminate discomfort caused by temperature disparities between floors or at the far ends of the house.

Additions or Attic Conversions

Whether you are putting on an addition to your home or converting an attic to a living space, it’s likely your existing HVAC system will require upgrading to accommodate the extra square footage.

Installing a ductless mini-split system is a popular choice for home additions and space conversions.  As these systems eliminate the expense of expanding the existing system and running additional ductwork.


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