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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.

advantages of a ductless heat pumpA 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.

Thinking of Fixing Your Own Furnace? A Few Important Reasons to Leave it to the Pros

A little bit of knowledge can be a dangerous thing, especially when it comes to trying to fix your own furnace. Modern furnaces are more complicated than in the past, and repairs require a high level of technical expertise. You also risk voiding furnace warranty with DIY repairs. Here are the five top reasons why you should leave furnace repairs to the pros.

voiding furnace warrantyDIY Furnace Repairs: Why You Should Avoid Them

  1. A professional has more experience and knowledge than the untrained DIY-er, so more likely can pinpoint a problem quicker. You may think you know what’s wrong, but furnaces are complex, and there may be an issue you haven’t even guessed at.
  2. Every year, at least 100 people die in this country after trying to fix their own furnaces. The fatalities are mostly from exposure to carbon monoxide. Only persons trained in handling combustion-powered appliances should do repairs or installations that might involve CO leaks. It’s odorless, and victims of CO poisoning often don’t know they’re in danger until it’s too late.
  3. DIY furnace fixers run the risk of starting fires or causing an explosion from leaking gas. Professional technicians have equipment to detect leaks, and the right tools to repair them. More than likely, it will take more than a screwdriver, channel locks and duct tape to successfully repair a furnace, so unless you’re ready to make a big investment in specialized equipment, you’ll actually save money by calling a pro.
  4. You may think you’re saving money by doing the repairs yourself, but you could make a malfunction worse if you lack proper training. You’ll probably have to call a professional later anyway, and it may cost you more to fix the damage caused by the DIY repair.
  5. Voiding furnace warranty is another reason to let the pro do it. A manufacturer won’t honor a warranty unless all repairs are done according to the agreed-upon terms.

For more on voiding furnace warranty or other hazards of DIY furnace repair, contact Apollo Home Heating, Cooling and Plumbing. We’ve served our Greater Cincinnati-area customers with pride for more than a century.

Taking Charge of Your Energy Bills: 5 Things You Should Be Doing Right Now

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How Closing Air Vents in Your Cincinnati Home Affects Your Comfort Level

Before you start closing air vents to save money on your heating bill this winter, there are a few things you should understand about how your furnace distributes warm air throughout your home. A 2003 study by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory found that leaving rooms unconditioned can actually cost a homeowner more money than if they left them open.closing air vents (more…)

How to Maximize Your Ductless Mini Split for Better Cold Weather Performance

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Use a Gas Furnace? Understand Terms on Your Heating Bill for Added Savings

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Choose a Whole-House Humidifier and Lessen Your Flu Risk

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Retrofitting Your Gas-Fired Furnace Can Make Dollar Sense

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How Maximum Energy Efficiency Relies On Optimal Home Duct Layout

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Radiant Heating Options: Boiler Or Water Heater?

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