Ductless Heating FAQs For Homeowners

July 11, 2017

Temperatures are starting to cool down and homeowners across the country are starting to turn up the heat. But while there’s no question your home needs to be comfortable and cozy, you might be able to do it much more efficiently. That’s where a ductless heating system might come in handy. Let’s take a closer look at these types of systems and why you might benefit from installing one in your home.

What exactly is a ductless heating system?As its name suggests, a ductless heat pump powers your heating and cooling system without any ductwork. Instead of air ducts, it uses an outdoor compressor unit and one or more indoor units that are linked by refrigerant lines. The outdoor unit has a speed compressor, condensing coil, expansion valve, and fan, while the indoor unit has an evaporator and fan that distributes air throughout your house.

How do ductless heating systems work?Ductless pumps operate on a two-way, reversible system that uses electricity to heat or cool your home. This electricity is used to compress or expand a refrigerant. When it’s on the heating cycle, the pump collects heat from outside and then passes it through to the inside to heat the home. When it’s on the cooling cycle, it will collect warm air from inside and distribute it outside. Most systems can be adjusted by remote control and can be programmed to reduce or increase temperature according to your schedule.

Is a ductless system better than other HVAC systems?Because of the way these pumps operate, you won’t ever have to deal with the on/off cycling problem that most HVAC systems have. This can make your home more comfortable and quiet overall. It’s also much more energy efficient than other heating and cooling systems on the market. Not only will that reduce your carbon footprint, but it will also save you money on your monthly bills.

Do these systems require a lot of maintenance? How long do they last?Ductless systems do require some basic maintenance, but these tasks are generally fairly easy to complete. Typically, cleaning or changing out the filters and cleaning the coils will suffice. However, you should still schedule yearly inspections and call a professional for more extensive maintenance. As long as you do your part with the upkeep, a ductless heat pump should last for 20 years or longer, which is about the same as a normal furnace.

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