Ductless heat pumps are some of the newest home heating and air conditioning products available today. Because the technology is somewhat uncommon, many homeowners still aren't sure whether going ductless is right for their homes. The reality is that ductless systems are among the most reliable and powerful HVAC systems out there and going ductless can have a big positive impact on your home's energy efficiency and your family's comfort. Here's how.
The Inner Workings of a Ductless Heat Pump
Like any other heat pump, a ductless heat pump is basically an air conditioner with a reverse setting. During the cooling season, the heat pump collects heat inside the house and transports it outside, lowering the indoor temperature. In the winter, the cycle reverses, collecting heat from the outdoor air and bringing it inside the home. This cycle provides highly efficient cooling throughout the year, especially in areas with fairly mild climates.
Ductless systems, however, have several key features that set them apart from standard heat pumps.
- Variable-Speed Compressors: Most standard air conditioners and heat pumps have one- or two-stage compressors, which means they can only run at one or two speeds. Ductless systems use variable-speed compressors that can adjust to your home's cooling and heating needs in real time. The upshot is that the system runs constantly and doesn't waste energy by cycling on and off.
- Direct Cooling: Traditional home air conditioning loses up to 30 percent of its cooling power to leaks in the ducts. Ductless systems neatly sidestep that issue, saving you money.
- Unobtrusive: Standard heat pumps are fairly compact to begin with, but ductless systems are even smaller. The indoor units sit high on walls, and the whole system runs almost silently.
Benefits of Going Ductless
In addition to their energy efficiency and reliability, ductless heat pumps have several key advantages for many types of homes. Their compact design is ideal for smaller homes and apartments where space is at a premium, and they're popular choices for new additions because there is no need to extend the duct system into the new space. Older homes without modern duct systems can also benefit greatly from ductless heat pumps.
If you’re ready to learn more about the benefits of going ductless, just search for a highly qualified Mitsubishi Electric contractor in your area. With our online tools, it's easy to find a reliable local contractor with a great reputation to install your new system.