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A Ductless System or a Heat Pump?

Mini-split vs heat pump

Are you considering replacing your heater? When making your decision, it’s important that you consider all of your options to ensure you choose the best system for your heating needs and budget. Living in south Florida, we do get cooler months, just a few months after everyone else. Luckily, this gives you a little bit of time to prepare for the upcoming winter, including researching and installing a new heating system. Heat pumps are an ideal solution for Martin and St. Lucie Counties, but should you install a centralized system or a ductless system?

Heat Pumps

Basically, a heat pump is an air conditioner with a heating function. When the “heat” is turned on, the outside component of the air conditioning system evaporates the refrigerant so that it can absorb the thermal energy from the surrounding air. This evaporated refrigerant then condenses inside your home, releasing the collected heat. The primary advantage of a heat pump is that they utilize the same air duct system and require about the same amount of space as an air conditioner, aiding in a quick and easy installation.

Ductless Systems

Like their name suggests, these are heating systems that do not use ducts. Rather, they utilize multiple air handlers throughout your home to heat the air. One of the primary benefits of a ductless system is that each zone has its own thermostat and operates independently from the other zones. meaning you can individualize the temperature settings throughout your home based on your family’s needs. Also, they are very efficient since they don’t lose their heat energy to leaky ducts and other potential insulation issues. But, since most homes are not outfitted for ductless systems when they are built, there can be a significant amount of construction necessary to get your home ready for a ductless system.

If you’re ready to install a new heating system or if you’re exploring your options, call American Air Cares today to schedule an appointment with one of our knowledgeable technicians.


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