Today, we’re going to take an in-depth look at the differences between ductless heat pumps and electric heating system. If you’re building a new home, adding on to your current home, or considering upgrading your outdated electric heating system for something new, a ductless heating system might be the perfect solution.
Below, we’ll show you the benefits and differences between ductless heat pumps and electric heating. Although both of these systems operate to produce reliable heat for homes of all sizes, some are more efficient than others. Whether your home is equipped with an electric baseboard heating system
Types of Electric Heating Systems
There are many types of electrical heating systems that homeowners can choose from for keeping their homes comfortable in the winter. Below, show you some of the most common forms of electric heating systems.
Electric Baseboard Heating Systems
Electric baseboard heating systems work by providing radiant heat through baseboard heaters that are supplied with hot water from a boiler. These systems are the more modern version of the traditional oil baseboard heaters. This type of heating is low-profile and easy to control. However, it does not offer the option for cooling.
Also known as a forced air system, a furnace is the most common way to heat your home in the winter. A furnace heats the air and pumps it through the ductwork to provide warmth throughout the house.
Electric Resistance Heaters
These are primarily used as a supplemental heating systems for an existing system. Most space heaters are electric resistance heaters, and they are very expensive to operate.
How Does a Ductless Heat System Work?
A ductless heat pump works differently from the other systems because it does not create heated air; it transfers it from outside the home into your home or vice versa. This design allows the heat pumps to operate as both a heating and a cooling system, so you’ll be able to enjoy comfortable temperatures no matter the time of year.
Pros and Cons of an Electric Heating System
Using an electrical heating system for your home gives you the ability to have pinpoint control over your comfort throughout the home. If your house was equipped with ductwork, most of these type of heating systems are compatible with the existing ductwork, so you’ll be able to add on a furnace easily.
However, electrical heating systems are fairly expensive to run, especially in the late winter months when it’s especially cold. Additionally, because of the ductwork, forced air systems tend to lose energy while being transferred, resulting in less reliable warmth and high energy bills from the heat being on constantly.
Another downside to electric heating is that it dries out the air in your home. Additionally, ductwork can become dusty or moldy depending on the conditions of the house, which can lead to poor indoor air quality.
Pros and Cons of a Ductless Heating System
A ductless heat pump is an excellent way to heat your home because it is energy efficient and easy to adjust. These systems don’t require extensive ductwork, so they are ideal for new homes or remodels of historic homes because you don’t need to do extensive installations.
Ductless heating is reliable, giving you pinpoint control over your comfort in every room. Each ductless unit operates separately from the others, so it’s easy to set every room in your home to exactly the temperature you need to feel comfortable.
They are whisper-quiet, so you won’t even know they’re running, and they operate so efficiently you can save up to 40% on your energy bills. Most ductless mini-split systems provide high-quality heating to temperatures below zero, so you’ll be able to count on your heating system even when the weather is at its worst.
Another benefit is that ductless heat pumps double as air conditioners. These heating units can easily be swapped to a supplemental or complete cooling system to help keep your home comfortable. The technology used in mini-splits can easily be reversed, letting the unit bring in cool air from outside and pull the hot air out of the house in the summer.
Additionally, ductless heating systems offer air filtration as well, so they’ll improve the air quality in your home.
One con to using ductless heat pumps is that they can be expensive to install. Depending on the number of units needed and the size of the home, some systems can range from $6k – $40k. However, there are rebates, incentives, and more to help offset the cost. In fact, our comfort specialists will work with you to ensure you get the best deal for your ductless heat pump mini-split system for your home.
Which Heating System is Right for You?
If you’re still on the fence about what heating system is right for your home, contact us today! Our comfort specialists will answer all your questions and help you to find the right fit for your home. Don’t wait to make your home comfortable; get the heating relief you deserve!