Ductless Heat Pumps seem like the most talked about source of heat and air conditioning today. On almost every job I go on someone will say something to do with these Heat Pumps. They want to know what they are, how they work and do they save people money? I have one in my home and shop. In my opinion they are definitely a blessing!
Heat Pumps do have their pros and cons like everything else though. I tell everyone to make sure they keep the filters on the inside unit clean. Always make it a habit to check them.
When I explain how Heat Pumps work I start off by explaining how any A/C unit operates. Its primary job is to move heat from one place to another place. It’s really that simple. When the unit is in cool mode it will take heat from inside the home and remove it to the outside! Heat is captured and removed through the refrigerant in the piping. Now, when the heat pump is in heat mode it has a reversing valve and the refrigerant is pumped in the opposite direction. It allows the outdoor unit to become the indoor unit. It removes heat from the outside and dumps it into the home! cool right? I think so. People ask me how can a Heat Pump take heat from the outside when its below zero? I tell people without getting to complex, that we as humans measure heat by what we feel through our body temperature. When measuring heat you can not think of it this way. I bet you didn’t know that there is heat down to -460 degrees! And that is not even an absolute because the molecules are still moving. We have not even found when they stop.
The term “ductless” just means they require no ductwork throughout the home. Heat pumps have an indoor unit that is attached to an outdoor unit. They are pretty flexible in where you can place them in a home, which makes them even better. Do they save people money? The answer is yes! Make sure you are getting the correct one for what you want it to do. Not all of them operate the same. If you want to heat when outdoor temps are really low, then you better get one that goes that low.
On average they will save you about 25% in fuel costs. Your electric bill will go up slightly, but take into consideration all the fuel you are saving!
Spring time is here and if you’re looking for someone to install a ductless mini-split heat pump in your home, Warm Waters is the company for you! I have installed hundreds and recommend only a few. I personally like Fujitsu for many reasons. I highly recommend installing one. You will be very grateful that you did. The warm weather is approaching fast!