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Top 5 Benefits Of Ductless Heat Pumps
Today’s technology has added more insulation and more green techniques, tightening up a home’s envelope to allow heating load drops at a much faster rate than cooling loads.
This has caused an interesting dilemma.
When sizing a furnace, heating is not the only consideration when determining which to install. The furnace must also be sized to handle cooling needs, even if it means selecting a model with several times more heating capacity than the load. And in climates where we don’t have excessive drops in temperatures, that can mean the furnace is oversized by 100 percent, 200 percent or even more.
The old standard equipment that has been used and installed for many years has shown little change in overall look to their model lines. While efficiencies may have improved somewhat, furnace designs have had little change, with strong biases toward inefficient homes in cold climates. Often the only choice a homeowner has when in the marketplace for a new furnace to buy bigger and bigger equipment to make up for the differences. Which continues to be a problem in a mild climate.
The new reality is a traditional furnace using ducts is often a poor choice for a high performance homes. Gross oversizing can cause comfort issues. And all of that can be frustrating when a homeowner spends thousands of dollars for a super efficient HVAC system, only to find their homes to be less comfortable instead of more.
Virtually all furnaces installed in homes today use electronic controls that enforce a minimum run time. When a furnace is grossly oversized, it overextends production of heat during spring and fall months, when peak heating loads are at its lowest.
Some HVAC companies may push expensive multi-stage variable speed furnaces in order to compensate for these issues. Instead, what we recommend for high performance homes is a ductless heat pump. Heat pumps can be aligned more closely with the load, and ensures good air mixing for heating conditions found throughout the Pacific Northwest. Why?
They save you money
Saving money is always a top concern for a homeowner. It’s almost always one of the first questions you’ll ask when seeking a change, and one you’ll have to consider carefully before installing something new. Switching to a ductless heat pump can ensure savings from the start.
Across the country, utilities have skyrocketed in price over the years. And when your home’s temperature depends on an old, insufficient system, you’re at the mercy of how well it works. Ductless systems operate on less power because they are smaller in size than their counterparts. They keep temperatures where you want them because you can operate them individually in every room in your home. Multi-split systems allow you to zone your home and only heat or cool the rooms you desire, reducing your monthly bills in the most efficient way.
In addition to saving money both on the cost and on monthly bills, you may also be eligible for tax credits and rebates for installing a ductless system. There are many programs at the federal, state and local levels, all of which we can help you find an qualify for through our purchase and installation process.
They are quick to install
Installing a traditional HVAC system, including installation or replacement of the ductwork, can take up to several weeks to install in a home. Ductless systems don’t require moving inside your walls for improvements, and therefore are easier and less intrusive to install.
To install a multi-split system, it operates on small pipes that require a simple three-inch hole. That means you don’t have to worry about walls or ceilings coming down in order to make the improvements, or to lose square footage in a place where you already may have cramped quarters.
They offer flexibility
One of the reasons more people are moving to ductless systems is because of the flexibility they offer. You don’t have to retrofit them into an existing system. They can compensate any room size or additions you may add.
A ductless heat pump delivers heat based on zones, not on where registers exist throughout the home. A ductless heat pump system is comprised of a small outdoor unit and one or more individual indoor units, depending on the size of your home. And because the indoor units can be installed easily everywhere, they are perfect when adding additions onto your home, such as with basement build-outs, new construction, or retrofitting into existing homes. They can easily replace inefficient systems, offering you an energy efficient solution instead.
They improve your air quality
Because of how we live, indoor air quality is often lower quality than outside air. As dust, allergens, chemicals, and fumes make their way inside, they often are left behind in ductwork as it is filtered in and out through the heating and cooling process. That builds over time, further reducing air quality.
With a traditional system, hot and cold air is generated and circulated via the ductwork and out through the registers. As the air twists and turns, small particles can get caught up in cracks and form along the ducts. As it settles in, it builds up, which sometimes can lead to dangerous conditions. As airflow continues to flow around it, it can make the air that you breathe every day anything but healthy. With a ductless system, you’ll stay healthier, your home will stay cleaner, and dust, bacteria, and other particulates will stay away from your inside air.
They increase your energy efficiency
Because ductless heat pump systems can be specifically zoned throughout your home, they allow you to heat and cool only those rooms you desire. Ductless heat pumps follow Energy Star guidelines and are far more energy efficient than the minimum standards set forth by the government. They also use a refrigerant called R410A, which has zero ozone depletion potential, which means it’s one of the cleanest systems to operate for the environment.
Thinking about installing a ductless heat pump in your home? A ductless system may be the perfect choice for your heating and cooling needs.