Ductless Heat Pumps FAQ

What is a heat pump? How do they work? Are they easy to install? Are ductless heat pumps expensive? Do they heat and cool? Are they energy efficient?

What is a Ductless Heat Pump?

Heat pumps, often called ductless or split systems, use electricity to move heat from cool spaces to warm spaces, making the cool areas cooler and the warm areas warmer. Heat pumps can provide air conditioning at as little as one quarter of the cost of conventional heating or cooling systems.

How does a Ductless Heat Pump work?

A heat pump does not require duct work (hence the name) and consists of an outdoor compressor and one or more indoor air-handling units, called “heads”, linked by a refrigerant line. These heads are typically mounted high on a wall or ceiling covering a 3″ hole. Each indoor head corresponds with a heating and cooling zone that can be controlled independently.

New Homes, Older Homes and Ductless Heat Pumps

Because heat pumps offer heating and cooling, they’re a great choice for older homes with no existing ductwork. New homeowners choose heat pumps as well because they’re quiet, energy efficient, offer the benefits of both heating and cooling in one unit and the cost is often much lower than conventional systems.

Heat Pump Installation

A basic ductless cooling and heating system consists of two units…one indoor and one outdoor, which is why the heat pump system is often called a split-ductless system. Together, they take up much less space than the equivalent traditional home heating and cooling system and because no ductwork is required, many installations are completed in less than a day.

Zone-based Cooling and Heating

With split ductless systems it is possible to have eight separate rooms or zones, each with its own controller. This saves energy (and money) by sending less heat into lesser-used areas of the home. For larger homes, many people purchase two ductless multi-room outdoor units in order to boost indoor cooling and heating to the entire house. The extra costs are more than compensated for through energy savings.

Heat Pump Energy Efficiency

According to Energy.gov, today’s heat pumps can reduce electric heat costs by as much as 50%. High-efficiency heat pumps also dehumidify better than standard central ac, which results in less energy usage and more cooling comfort in summer months.

Heat Pump/Ductless System Cost?

Because most heat pumps/ductless mini split systems meet today’s strict standards for energy efficiency and they are one of the cleanest fuel sources on the market — no fossil fuels here — the rebates now available from MASS Save and some local utilities are excellent. Of course the best indicator of overall cost is a free no pressure estimate. Remember, we won’t offer you any product we wouldn’t install in our own homes and if we don’t think a heat pump/ ductless systems is right for you, we’ll tell you that.

To learn more about heat pumps or ductless systems, call your Morris Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning Comfort Advisor for a free estimate or check out our ductless page https://morrisheatingandair.com/ductless-heating-and-ac/

Now installing heat pump/ductless mini split systems in Ipswich, Essex, Gloucester, Rockport, Danvers, Middleton, Newburyport, West Newbury, Newbury, Groveland, Georgetown, Byfield, Rowley, Boxford, Topsfield, Wenham, South Hamilton, Manchester by the Sea, Beverly, Peabody, Salem, Lynnfield, Andover and Hamilton Prides Crossing and other locations across the North Shore and Merrimack Valley

Call Morris Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning at (978) 961-0338.

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