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A Ductless Heat Pump Is Also an Air Conditioner!

August 12, 2019

The Pacific Northwest gets its fair share of hot days when summer arrives, and even the occasional heatwave that can put children and the elderly at risk. That is why it's crucial to maintain good air conditioning in Olympia, WA. It’s not just a matter of convenience; for some people, heat poses a significant health hazard.

Most homes will have an HVAC system for air conditioning in Olympia, WA, which consists of ventilation ducts going from room to room. But if you’re thinking of going with ductless for your home comfort system, we’ve got good news. These ductless units don’t just heat; they are also air conditioners!

It’s Dual Functioning


The older, more common form of air conditioning in Olympia, WA uses a "central air" system. An HVAC setup requires three major components: a furnace, an air conditioning condenser, and a network of ventilation ducts running under the floors. This system also uses the furnace to heat the home in the winter, and the condenser to cool the home in the summer. The ventilation system is used during both seasons, sending air to all spaces in the house.

With ductless units, the structural concept is very different. As the name suggests, there are no ventilation ducts involved in the installation or operation of the system. Instead, individual rooms or areas of a home get ductless units. Those units are connected to one or more condensers outside, depending on the size and air treatment needs of the house. 

A ductless heat pump acts as both a furnace and an air conditioner, heating or cooling the air depending on what the residents need.

It’s Got the Convenience Advantage


In many ways, ductless air conditioner installation is an efficient solution. You don't have to tear up floors or walls to install a heating, cooling, and ventilation network. That can be an issue for many people needing to update a network or install one in an older home with no HVAC.  

Furthermore, one of the biggest issues homeowners have to overcome when reclaiming space or building out is a lack of ventilation. So, how do you maintain a comfortable temperature in a new attic office or bedroom addition? 

If a home has an existing ventilation duct system that doesn’t run to the new area, then new ducts have to be installed. You’re ripping up floors, installing vents, tapping into the existing system, and then restoring the home to its original look. This work quickly balloons the cost of such a renovation.

With a ductless heat pump, you don’t need to worry about all that work. Because ductless heat pumps don’t require ducts and are easily installed in each room or zone, there are no extra expenses required. It’s a far less invasive solution for people who want home comfort without gutting their home to do it. You also don’t have to resort to inefficient portable units like space heaters and window AC units that need to be switched out with the change of the season. 

It’s More Efficient


Another significant advantage of deciding to go with ductless air conditioning installation is more efficient heating and cooling. That is especially true if you choose to extend your ductless air conditioner installation throughout your entire home.

The reason for its efficiency is simple. With a conventional ventilation solution, the entire building receives processed air because the central ventilation duct structure runs to every room. So, even if you’re in bed at night with no one else in the other rooms, you’re paying to cool the entire home.

With ductless HVAC units, only the rooms or areas that need cooling or heating will get it. The units operate independently of each other. So, when it’s time to go to bed, and no other areas of the home need to be cooled, you can set only the bedroom unit to operate. You’re comfortable and saving on your electricity bills. The same is true in the winter when you don’t need every room in the house warmed to a comfortable temperature, just the areas you’re using.

We Can Help You Get Set Up


If you’re looking for an efficient heating solution that also keeps you cool in the summer, Alpine Ductless is here to help. Our ductless heat pump is also an effective air conditioner! So, if you’d like to enjoy the convenience of professional ductless air conditioner installation and watch your bills go down, contact us to talk about ductless heat pumps and air purifiers today.


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