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Upgrading to Ductless Heat Pumps Saves Money and Environment

Posted on Thu, Jan 24, 2013

This article was written by Sara Thompson

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Are you looking to save as much heat as possible during these months when it seems that it all escapes into the tundra on the other side of the door? Many homeowners find that heating their homes in the wintertime is very expensive. The majority of homes are heated by using baseboard heaters, in-wall heaters, and ceiling cable heaters. These are all rather inefficient ways of moving heat around a home, which leads to the increased expense that many people experience winter after winter. An option for some homeowners is to have a regular heat pump installed in their home, but for some people this option may not be economically viable, either.

A ductless (aka mini-split) heat pump is one option for people who are in this conundrum, and installing one does not require that the room or area to be heated be connected with ducts. Installation of this kind of heat pump will save homeowners energy and money, in some cases as much as 50 percent. It has been estimated that homeowners that replace their conventional and outdated heating systems can save more than $250 a year on their energy bills.

Ductless heat pumps direct warm air into a room without the use of ducts. These are often found when single rooms need to be heated without ductwork or when they cannot be connected to the main heating source via ductwork. These pumps include a compression component which is stationed outdoors, and is attached to an indoor energy-regulating unit, which is what handles the air. 

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This indoor component is referred to as the head of the heat pump. These kinds of heat pumps can also be used for cooling purposes, as they draw out the heat in the summer air and circulate the cooled air throughout the home. Installing a ductless system can also increase the security of your home over using window air conditioning units, as improperly installed window units can allow intruders an easy way into your home.

This kind of heat pump is relatively easy to situate, so there is never a need for a lengthy or messy installation period. The technician performing the installation merely needs to drill a small hole in the wall to get to the lines that will attach the head with the outdoor compressor unit. The heads of these heat pumps are often installed on the room’s wall or ceiling. These heads come with quiet fans that help circulate the air throughout the room or home, which are controlled by a wireless remote. Depending on the size of the home to be heated, one ductless heat pump can heat or cool off a single home. Those who have homes that are larger than 1,000 square feet can always install more than one heat pump.

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Sara Thompson writes about home energy efficiency for Clark County Mechanical in Vancouver, Washington.