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What’s the Difference Between Ducted & Ductless Heat Pumps?

There are two basic types of heat pumps available for home installation — ducted and ductless. Once you decide between a ducted or ductless version, you can then look more closely at the models offered in each category. Keep reading to learn more about both ducted and ductless heat pumps, including the pros and cons of each type of system.

Then give our team a call whether you’re interested in a more standard ducted heat pump or ductless mini splits in Vineland, NJ.​​ We can help you decide which type of unit will best suit both your home and your family.

Pros and Cons of Ductless Heat Pumps

A ductless heat pump is unique from any other type of air conditioner or heater because it does not have any connected ductwork. Most forced air systems have a single central unit with attached ductwork that transfers the air into your home.

A ductless mini split instead has smaller units installed in each room of your home. The air from these units blows directly into your home without any necessary ductwork. This is a huge benefit because you don’t risk losing any air through the ductwork. After all, ductwork can have holes that allow air to escape or air can get trapped instead of blowing into your home.

You stand to save a lot on your monthly energy costs by having a ductless mini split. Plus, you have the added benefit of being able to customize temperatures in individual rooms across your home. But you do need to be aware that there are higher maintenance expectations with a ductless mini split since you need to care for multiple individual units instead of one large unit.

Pros and Cons of Ducted Heat Pumps

A ducted heat pump is considered the standard option. A ducted heat pump will be cheaper for upfront installation compared to a ductless mini split. This is especially true if you already have an existing forced air system with ductwork that does not need to be replaced. You can save a lot by not having to install the attached ductwork.

You do want to keep in mind that caring for your ductwork will be an important part of maintaining your ducted heat pump. With proper maintenance, a ducted heat pump can be highly energy efficient. But if the attached ductwork develops holes that allow air to escape, your energy bills may increase while your indoor air quality decreases.

How to Choose a Heat Pump

Aside from considering the pros and cons of both the ductless and the ducted heat pumps, you also want to think about the efficiency ratings. Heat pumps are unique because they receive ratings for both heating and cooling since they operate as both a heater and an air conditioner.

Selecting a high-efficiency model will go a long way toward energy savings and overall heating and cooling ability. When we visit for an in-home assessment, we can talk to you about efficiency ratings and how to choose a high-efficiency heat pump.

Your comfort is our business. Contact our team today to schedule your appointment for heat pump installation.

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