ductless heating & cooling Category
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.
Why does a ductless system offer greater power and efficiency than a standard central furnace and A/C? It’s a simple answer — no ducts. In most houses, one of the largest energy losers on the premises is the heating and cooling ductwork. Residential ductwork is often not constructed to last the life of the home and deteriorates over the years. A ductless system combines heat pump efficiency with duct-free installation to provide single-room heating and cooling in houses where adding ductwork isn’t desirable or feasible.
Here are three reasons why a ductless system may be the best option for bringing comfort and efficiency to single rooms or enclosed spaces in your home.
A ductless heat pump incorporates a low-profile indoor air handler and a compact outdoor unit comprising the coil and compressor. A narrow insulated conduit conveys refrigerant as well as electrical power. The indoor and outdoor unit can be as much as 50 feet apart and only a three-inch hole is required in an exterior wall to accommodate the refrigerant conduit. In most homes, experienced installers can do the job in a day.
Ducts lose an average of 30 percent of conditioned air. A furnace or A/C must run longer cycles to make up for the lost air, increasing energy costs. A ductless heat pump conditions an individual living space by moving heat in or out. Heat is directly added or removed by heat pump technology, not conveyed through ductwork.
Unlike other options such as window A/C units or space heaters, a ductless system fits seamlessly into your decor. The indoor air handler is unobtrusive and mounts on the wall, ceiling or a floor stand. Optional covers are available to match color schemes. Outside, the heat pump unit is no larger than a suitcase and adapts to ground installation or mounting on the side of the home.
For more information about the benefits of a ductless system for your Cincinnati home, contact Apollo Home Heating, Cooling and Plumbing.
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