Why You Should Look Into Ductless Heat
There are many advantages to installing a ductless heat pump system in your Greenbrier, Arkansas, home. Even in Arkansas’ coldest winters, a ductless system can help you keep your home comfortable and warm. Here are a few reasons why you should look into a ductless heat pump for your home.
Why Would I Want a Ductless System?
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, more than 30% of the energy a ducted HVAC system uses to condition your air could be wasted through duct loss. This is doubly so if your ducts are in an unconditioned space, such as an attic. If you’re looking for a heating system that’s going to pay for itself faster than a conventional HVAC system, a ductless mini-split heating and cooling system is the way to go.
Ductless mini-split heat pumps are also smaller systems than their duct-using HVAC counterparts. They’re made of two units: a compressor-condenser outside and the inside unit that delivers the heat. This can save your home valuable space it would have otherwise spent on housing a larger HVAC unit. Installing a ductless system requires you to create a small hole in your home’s exterior wall to connect the indoor and outdoor units. A ducted system requires you to make more significant modifications to your home.
Ductless systems make it easier to zone your home’s climate control to help you maintain the perfect temperature for each room. You can attach multiple indoor units to a single outdoor unit to maintain an even heat level throughout your home, or pick and choose which rooms you want to stay warmer or cooler. Each indoor unit can be controlled using a remote or a mobile device to make finding the best temperature easy.
How to Get the Most out of a Ductless System
Ductless systems are highly efficient — oftentimes more so than ducted systems. But to get the highest levels of efficiency from your system, there are a few things you need to keep in mind, especially during the winter.
Beware of Snow
It’s important to keep your outdoor unit clear of any snow. How you do this is up to you, but make sure there isn’t snow piling around it. You may want to consider building an awning over your unit and mounting it so snow can’t accumulate around it.
As you shop for a ductless heat pump system, take note of its energy ratings. A good mini-split system will have an ENERGY STAR rating that tells you how energy-efficient the model is. Compare and contrast with other options to find the best balance of price and efficiency for your budget and needs.
Ductless heat pump systems are being improved and made more technologically advanced as time passes. If it’s important to you that your ductless system can be controlled with your phone while you’re away from home, consider a Wi-Fi-enabled model. Being able to adjust your heating while you’re away can help you save even more money on your utility bills. If you don’t feel the need to control the system while away from home, the conventional remote control models should suffice.
Be Prepared to Maintain It
Ductless systems will till require regular maintenance. However, a ducted HVAC system usually requires larger maintenance tasks twice a year. The difference is you can often clean your ductless system yourself, where a larger HVAC system may require a call to an HVAC professional.
It’s important to keep your ductless heat pump system clean. In addition to heating your home, it also helps to keep contaminants from entering your indoor air. This means you’ll be required to clean it to ensure it can continue doing its job. We suggest cleaning the filter every one to two months to keep your units healthy. Check it monthly and clean as needed.
When you’re ready to discuss your ductless heat pump options, give our team at Freyaldenhoven Heating and Cooling a call at (501) 764-9077. As HVAC technology advances, we do too, so we can bring you the best heating and cooling systems for your home.
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