Will a ductless heat pump work in my home?

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Mitsubishi Wall Mounted Unit

If you’re wondering whether or not a ductless heat pump will work in your home, the answer is more than likely yes. With the wide variety of indoor options available, ductless heat pumps have become adaptable to almost any situation. While the most common type of indoor unit remains the wall mounted style,┬áthe use of alternative units such as concealed, ducted units, and low floor mount units are on the rise. The fact of the matter is that all homes are different, as are the people who live in them, and they all have different needs. The use of these alternative indoor units in conjunction with the standard wall mounted ductless units, allow for much more flexibility in the design process. For example, if you live in a 1,600 square foot home with a fairly wide open main living space, but the bedrooms are isolated from the rest of the house, you could potentially feed the main area with a wall mounted unit or two, and then install a concealed ducted unit, such as the one pictured below, in the attic or crawl space that could feed some short duct runs into the bedrooms.

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Mitsubishi ducted indoor unit

One area where ductless heat pumps can really have a huge impact on livability of a space is in the upstairs of older homes that never had ductwork ran to them, or were converted from attics. A lot of times in these houses, the ceiling follows the pitch of the roof, and the attic knee walls of the upstairs are very short. In this scenario, a floor standing unit works great. The wall mounted units work best when you can get them up at a higher level in the room, but when you don’t have the luxury of installing the unit up high, the floor standing unit is the answer. The floor standing unit, as pictured below can be used in multi-zone applications only.

Mitsubishi Floor Standing Indoor Unit

Mitsubishi Floor Standing Indoor Unit

Ductless heat pumps have had a tremendous impact on the heating and air conditioning industry in the last five years, and with the continued developments in the product line, they are definitely here to stay. So, no matter if you currently have baseboard heat in your home, and want a more efficient heating system along with air conditioning, or if you have a bonus room you would like to heat and cool without affecting the rest of your home, or if your upstairs is unusable because it gets too hot, chances are that a ductless heat pump system could be just what you’re looking for.

Should I have my heating and air conditioning system maintained?

Preventative maintenance for a heating and air conditioning system is something that is often times overlooked. Some homeowners choose not to pay any attention to their heating and cooling system until there is a problem with it, or the system is no longer functioning. These problems can be very costly to repair, and can many times necessitate replacement of the heating and/or cooling system. A simple once a year maintenance on your heating and cooling system can greatly increase the life of your heating and cooling system, as well as help to maintain the efficiency of the system over time. These factors will save you money in the long run. Now I’m not saying that if you have a maintenance done every year you’ll never have to replace your system, but I am saying that you can extend the life of the system by at least a couple of years, and the energy that is saved by the system operating at peak efficiency over it’s lifespan will more than pay for the maintenance you are having done.

I like to use cars as a parallel. The auto industry has done a great job of making people aware of the benefits of having an oil change every 3 months or 3,000 miles. If you ask most people out there, they would be able to tell you when they should have their oil changed. Conversely most people don’t know when or why they should service their heating and cooling equipment. If you look at your monthly utility cost, and realize that a heating and cooling system makes up a large portion of that, and then also factor in that a new system can rival the price of a car, it starts to make more sense as to why we should pay more attention to our heating and cooling systems.

What does a maintenance on a heating and cooling system include? The answer to this question will vary based on who you choose to do the maintenance. At Clean Energy Comfort we do a very thorough, very entailed inspection and cleaning. Aside from changing out your air filter, and vacuuming out your furnace, which is the extent of what you’ll get with some of the “$79-$99 tune ups” that you will find advertised, we will really get down to the nitty gritty. On a furnace we will inspect and clean the burners, inspect the heat exchanger and clean if necessary, pull the blower and clean the fins as well as lubricate if necessary, check circuitry, perform safety checks, and run test. With an air conditioning system we rinse and clean debris off the outdoor unit, clean the indoor coil located at the furnace, check refrigerant pressures, check circuitry, perform safety checks, and run test.

To summarize, keeping your heating and cooling equipment maintained and in good working order is very important, and you can be sure that Clean Energy Comfort will make it worth your investment.