What are ductless heat pumps?
Ductless heat pumps are also referred to as ductless mini-split systems, named that way because they are used in homes with non-ducted heating systems. They are popular in areas with temperatures that typically stay above freezing.
Just like your more traditional heat pumps, mini splits have the outdoor component and the indoor unit: the system will either bring heat in from outside your home to warm it up, or take heat out of your home to cool it down depending on the season (1, 2).
Ductless heat pumps have been around for more than 50 years. Over time they have become more and more quiet, more efficient—and they are now more affordable than ever (3). Choosing the right system for your home can be complicated by myths about ductless heat pumps. Here we break down 6 common misconceptions about mini splits.
Myth #1: Ductless Heat Pumps Won’t Work In Cold Climates
Truth: Many people go ductless as a way to supplement their current heating system. If and when temperatures drop lower than freezing, heat pumps with dual-fuel systems will keep your home warm by alternating between the electric heat system and a gas furnace system (or other systems that use oil or propane). The two systems will never run simultaneously and the most cost efficient system will operate to heat your home (4, 5).
Myth #2: Ductless Heat Pumps Have Expensive Ongoing Costs
Truth: Ductless heat pumps can save you $1000 to $2000 in energy costs (6) in one year alone. Just like any system, efficiency is one of the major factors that determines how much you will or will not pay when it comes to your monthly energy bill.
Myth #3: Ductless Heat Pumps Are Dirty and Hard To Clean
Truth: The majority of ductless heat pumps will come with systems to self clean, which minimizes the chance for any bacteria to build up (6). Also keep in mind that homeowners can also easily clean the system’s filters monthly, or as needed, and should make sure to remove any debris from the area around the outside unit (7).
Myth #4: Ductless Heat Pumps Are Only for New Homes or Buildings
Truth: Ductless heat pumps are a reliable option for upgrading your home’s current heating system. They will actually work together with existing boilers and furnaces to save fuel and efficiently heat your living space. In fact, one of the main advantages they offer is that you can add them on to existing systems so that individual rooms can have more comfortable air.
Myth #5: Ductless Heat Pumps Don’t Last Very Long
Truth: Just like with any heating and cooling unit, you need to take care of your system to ensure it lasts as long as possible. Again, this myth could not be further from the truth as one of the major benefits of going ductless is how long the units can last—and still be efficient! If you properly care for your system and have regular maintenance performed, ductless heat pumps can operate for over 20 years (8, 9).
Myth #6: Ductless Heat Pumps Won’t Work Well With Room Additions
Truth: When you add another room to your house or even change an attic from a storage space to a living space, ductless heat pumps can save you from the need to add electric resistance heaters. They also prevent you from further extending any current ductwork or piping in your home. Again, since they are so flexible, they are actually optima for add-ons or room additions (10, 11, 12).
Only Certain Rooms In Your House Need Heating? Mini Split is Your Flexible Solution
Ductless systems are a flexible way you can increase ongoing comfort in your home. You can use ductless mini split heat pumps that will match their energy use to the need for heating or cooling in the home, which means they won’t waste electricity by turning on and off repeatedly.
Whether it is a single room, an entire floor, or your entire house, give us a call today at 859-491-4915 to learn more about how you can create “zones” in your home and start saving money today.