Due to our location, we always get cold weather a couple months later than the rest of the country. This gives us a bit longer to get ready for heating season, including installing new systems. Heat pumps of all kind are popular choices for new heating systems, but you still have to make a choice between a centralized or ductless system. Read on to find out more about both ductless systems and heat pumps, and the advantages of each.
A heat pump is essentially an air conditioner that can also act as a heater. It does this by evaporating and condensing refrigerant to move heat from one place to another. In heating mode, the outside portion of the system evaporates refrigerant to absorb thermal energy from the air around it. The refrigerant gas is then condensed inside the home to release the collected heat. Heat pumps are advantageous because they rely on the same ducts, and have the same general space requirements, as standard air conditioners. This allows them to be installed fairly quickly and easily.
Ductless systems are heat pumps that—you guessed it—don’t actually use ducts. Instead, they rely on individual air handlers installed throughout the house to condition each individual room. Each air handler has its own thermostat, which allows it to operate separately from the rest of the system. Ductless systems have a lot to offer in terms of advantages. They allow you to set the ideal temperature for each room. They don’t lose energy to things like duct leaks. However, they also require a fair amount of construction work for installation in most homes, as those homes are not already outfitted for them.
If you need help selecting a heating system for this winter, call Speedy Air Conditioning Service. We serve all of Port St. Lucie, FL.