Is a Ductless Heat Pump Right for My Home?
Among the impressive advantages of a ductless heat pump is the one implied by its name: no ducts. In any house, ductwork is a major source of lost heating and cooling efficiency, high operating costs, and diminished comfort. Residential ductwork isn’t fabricated to the heavy-duty standards of commercial ducts, and increasingly leaks air as years pass. In the average house, air leakage from ductwork is estimated to be at least 20 percent. In many homes, that figure is much higher.
A ductless heat pump integrates a low-profile indoor air handler with an energy-efficient outdoor heat pump to deliver powerful, economical heating and cooling to single rooms or limited spaces. The components are linked by a narrow refrigerant conduit that only requires a three-inch hole in an exterior wall. In homes where the considerable expense and disruption to install ducts or extend existing ductwork isn’t doable (or desirable), a duct-free system provides the perfect alternative.
Other advantages of a ductless heat pump include:
- Straightforward, low-impact installation. A ductless system can be installed by a two-man crew in a single day without major construction activity. Because a single outdoor heat pump can accommodate up to five indoor air handlers in separate rooms, expanding the system is also uncomplicated.
- Placement flexibility. The inconspicuous indoor air handler can be installed in a variety of configurations ranging from wall and ceiling mounted units to stand-up units. The outdoor component of the system is about the size of a large suitcase and can be placed on the ground or mounted to the back wall of your home with brackets.
- Power without noise. No distracting sound of forced air rumbling through your ductwork. The internal blower fan in a ductless heat pump is whisper-quiet.
- Accurate temperature control. Because a dedicated thermostat—a handy portable remote control—is in each room with a ductless air handler, room temperatures are maintained to closer tolerances than a central ducted system controlled by a single thermostat centrally located in your home.
In greater Cincinnati, ask the professionals at Apollo Home Heating, Cooling and Plumbing about more advantages of a ductless heat pump.
"Ernie & Mike did a superb job on my new furnace and A/C installation. Despite having more than a day’s work to do, they came in and stayed until the job was done. They were organized, efficient, and protected the rest of the house well. Got both furnace and A/C installed the same day. Ernie was courteous, informative, and clearly knew his job better than anyone I’ve encountered before. The units look so good guests now get The Tour of our new system. Apollo is clearly not a fly-by-night company. I would recommend them to anyone in need of a new furnace and/or A/C."
- Jerry A.
"I called Apollo because of a water leak I thought I had in our upstairs shower going into the kitchen. Robbie came and assured me everything was fine & looked at all the other plumbing. He ended up changing a few pipes for our washer & clearing a drain. He was very nice & knowledgeable with all my questions. I ended up signing up for the care plan & was very happy with my service."
- Cassandra B.
"The team at Apollo exceeded my expectations. As a business owner, my attention to the details and commitment to providing excellent service is high. From the sales rep. to the installation team, everyone’s performance was outstanding. For example, the installation team went to great lengths to protect our floors, placing floor runners and across the wood floors and up the stairs. They even were spot washing walls upon their departure. I highly recommend this company."
- Randy B.
"We scheduled an estimate AND a tune-up. We knew something was wrong with our furnace, but hoped we could make it through the rest of the season. Upon telling Bill what our furnace was doing, he warned us immediately what the possible outcome was going to be; a cracked heat exchanger. He watched the flames roll backward, tested carbon monoxide levels, which were so high they meter’s last reading was 5,600 before saying “high”. He immediately shut it down, tagged it, and explained that with levels that high and children in our home he wanted off right away. He continued his inspection and showed us via a camera that not only was it cracked in multiple places, but had holes all over it. He gave us a few options for repairing it; his knowledge as well as genuine concern was beneficial and refreshing. Luckily we also scheduled an estimator, Micah, to come too and we were able to get costs between repairing and replacing (with several options). We decided to replace with a much higher efficiency furnace and one sized properly to our home. Hands down, not only did they both provide us great service and knowledge, but without sounding dramatic, they may have saved our lives. This was our first time calling Apollo, but it won’t be our last."
- Sarah B.
"Apollo is an excellent company. I always receive great service. Alex A. was professional and friendly. He kept me informed during the process of checking my furnace and heat pump to make sure they were working properly. The company makes sure you are notified who is coming and when they are on the way. All my interactions with the company have been wonderful."
- Beverly S.