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Ductless Heat Pumps – A Green Alternative to a Traditional Heating and Cooling System

Ductless heat pumps are energy-efficient heat pumps that utilize ductless technology to transfer heat through refrigeration tubing. The concept of this type of heating and cooling systems have been around for decades, but many homeowners have not discovered them until recently. The main advantage of ductless heat pumps is that there is no hot duct running across your home from the central heating and air unit (chimney) to your windows, doors, or outside of your house. Also, they do not need to be connected to a gas supply to run, which means there are significant cost savings if you decide to install ductless heat pumps.

Most heating and cooling systems are installed around the room in the home where the appliance will be used. Ductless heat pumps are installed the exact same way; one within another. Ductless systems are ideal for server room and computer center applications because they are very reliable, low maintenance (less maintenance other than filter clean-up, which is usually as infrequently as ever), and also very low power usage. It can save money to install ductless heat pumps in various types of climates where conventional appliances would not be practical. In Canada, there are three distinct types of climate that ductless heat pumps are most often used.

The first is the most common and that is the split system. In this configuration, the air conditioner ducts are split in two directions: One going to the inside and another going to the outside. Inside the split system, ducts are placed along the floor, while the outside ducts are placed on the roof. The disadvantage of this configuration is that it makes your home’s insulation weaker compared to homes that do not use ductless heat pumps. Another drawback is the difficulty in retrofitting a traditional air conditioner with the new system. This is because many air conditioners have flues that are located near or right below the split duct installation.

The second installation option is the central air conditioner ductless heat pumps and the third is the old series ductless mini-split system. In the central system, ducts are placed in the center of the home; while the mini-splits allow for installation almost anywhere in the home. Again, installation is easier and more reliable with the central installation rather than the ductless mini-splits.

If you are looking for a way to save money with your heating and cooling system, consider having your ductwork installed by a professional. While you will spend more initially to have a professional duct installation done, it will pay off in the long run. Not only will the professional ductless heat pumps be more reliable and efficient, but they will also have the expertise to make sure your ductwork is installed correctly and safely. There are many reputable companies out there that can install your ductwork for you at an affordable price, and this is something you should not overlook.

Finally, installing ductless heat pumps indoors will also allow you to have an energy-efficient outdoor unit installed. The outdoor unit is connected to the indoor unit through ductwork, so the refrigerant travels throughout the house. When the refrigerant returns to the indoor unit, cold air is circulated and the room is cooled. The result is energy-efficient cooling of your home without having to rely on air conditioners to keep your home cool. In addition, you will save money on your air conditioning bill because you won’t have to buy as many cooling units. These types of systems are considered a green alternative to traditional cooling and heating units.