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What to Consider When Buying a Ductless Heat Pump

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 1 0

The ductless heat pump is a device that is going to work a lot like a regular air conditioner but will stand out as being a lot more efficient. You do not have to use ductwork to use it and will be made out of a compressor unit (usually located outdoors) and an indoor air handling unit. The indoor unit is called “head” and the two parts are linked together thanks to a refrigerant line. In most situations the heads will be mounted on the ceiling or high on a wall.

Understanding the Ductless Heat Pump

The ductless heat pump works a lot like how a refrigerator would work if you could make it run in reverse. You can use it for both heating and cooling but the system is more efficient when trying to cool an area. In most cases the pump will cool the air noticed at an outdoor evaporator coil. Then it will be distributed with different ducts that are going to be included. As the name implies, the ductless heat pump will not need the ducts. The air will be driven through the use of an insulated refrigerant of small diameters. This will basically connect parts of the home directly and fans might be utilized to blow the air. 

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Why Use Ductless Heat Pumps

The biggest advantage of using these heat pumps is the fact that they do not have to focus on the use of ductwork. You might be tempted to believe that this means that not enough warm or hot air would be delivered because of this but you would be wrong in this case. In fact, when using a ductwork system we are faced with around 30% energy. This is usually caused by having attics that are not insulated and the location of the ducts in general. In addition, the ductless system is really friendly with all design options that you might be faced with. There are many design types that are available and you can easily choose one that would complement your home. Thanks to the many options, you can be sure that you are going to be able to find a suitable heat pump that can offer you what the home requires. 

What to Look at When Buying

The first thing is not the price as you might be tempted to believe. After choosing the ductless heat pump model that you want to buy, you want to make sure that the installation will go smooth. It is not at all hard to install such a unit but the entire procedure needs to be done correctly. Make sure that you choose the correct size so that you are not faced with a bad location or an oversized unit that would offer too much.

When talking strictly about the price tag we can say that it is going to vary a lot. It is quite common to expect anything from 500 to 1000 dollars. The price tag is mostly linked to how many zones are going to be covered by one heat pump and the configuration that you want to use. 



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