A ductless heat pump goes by many different names – such as ductless AC and mini-split HVAC – but one thing remains the same: this type of system is one of the most efficient you can buy.
A ductless heat pump is capable of efficiently maintaining a steady temperature in your home, making it a direct competitor to more traditional HVAC systems (such as central air), window air conditioners, and radiant panels.
As the name suggests, a ductless heat pump is able to circulate air throughout your home without ductwork. Instead, there’s an outdoor compressor unit and indoor air handling units responsible for this.
For one reason or the next, there are people out there who will tell you that a ductless heat pump is a waste of money. Often, it’s because they don’t understand the benefits.
Here are several myths about ductless heat pumps:
- They’re more expensive than other systems: This is a misconception, as electric heat pumps will actually save you money annually. According to Mitsubishi Electric, it can save you as much as $2,000/year.
- Ductless HVAC systems are difficult to install: False! When compared to a more traditional system, with ductwork, installing a ductless system is a piece of cake (for a professional, of course). It doesn’t rely on ductwork to move air around your home. Subsequently, it can be installed quickly and with minimal mess.
- Ductless heat pumps are only good for older homes: This is another misconception. You can install this type of system in any home, old or new. For example, if you have an older home without ductwork and want to get rid of radiators and window air conditioners, a ductless system is the perfect solution. Or maybe you live in a newer home and you’re finishing an attic space or basement. Once again, using a ductless system can help, as you don’t have to run ductwork through the walls.
- They don’t work in super cold weather: This is a big concern among people in Boston. You know that you’ll face extreme cold several months out of the year, and living without heat in your home is a no-go. Fortunately, most ductless heat pumps are capable of operating in sub-zero temperatures. And best yet, while it’s operating, it’s still more efficient than other types of heating systems.
- They need to be replaced often: This myth stems from the fact that a mini-split runs 12 months out of the year. Even though this is true, as it both heats and cools your home, the systems are designed to last for just as long as any other type.
So, Are Mini-Splits Worth the Cost?
Even if you end up paying more upfront for a mini-split, as compared to a traditional HVAC system, you’ll save money in the long run. Not to mention the other benefits, such as an easier installation and the ability to add on to your system as necessary.
If you want to learn more about mini-splits, including how it would work in your home, contact us to schedule a free consultation.