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Ductless Heat Pumps Explained

December 1, 2019

In the United States, most homeowners still use oil furnaces and forced air to produce heat during the cold seasons. This uses natural resources and has been deemed detrimental to the environment. An affordable and eco-friendly alternative is the electric heat pump. This brings us to the question, “what is ductless heating?”

Ductless heating uses electricity rather than gas or oil. This powers a compressor that pumps heat from outside into your home, removing cold air as it does so. It also works in reverse, much the same as an air conditioner, pumping in cold air and sucking out the warm air in the summer.

It’s important to have our customers know how a Ductless Heat Pump works and why they would choose it over an alternative heating system. We’ve summarized Hear and Now radio broadcast here as it was one of the best resources we’ve found to help explain this technology. 

How Does a Ductless Heat Pump Work?

Our description of a heat pump bringing in heat from outside to warm a room sounds counterintuitive. It’s confusing at first but makes perfect sense once you understand the mechanics.

A heat pump uses refrigerant to capture heat in the air. Air travels into the ductless heater, where it is extracted through a liquified gas to create vapor. The vapor is then compressed and released through a fan as hot air. As the heat is blown out into the room it warms itself. All using air from outside. This process is reversed during the warm season when you require air conditioning instead.

Value vs. Cost

Replacing your home heating system is an investment like any home improvement, but it’s affordable and saves money in the long run. Forced air heating has an ongoing fee associated with it – the cost of fuel. If your home uses central air, it’s already equipped for a ductless heat pump. If not, it could cost upwards of $14,000 to install it. Installation fees vary depending on home size. Fortunately, the ductless heating system isn’t nearly as much if you already have central air.

Air conditioning units don’t last forever. This opens the door to potential upgrades. Ductless heating provides two methods of temperature control with no added cost. Simply install the ductless heater instead of a new AC unit, and the heater will heat and cool your home at whim. If you don’t have air conditioning, investing in a ductless heater helps two-fold. It provides a new method of heating your home and the bonus of AC.

Less Risk to the Environment

There’s also the environment to consider when heating your home. Not only do oil furnaces burn fossil fuels to operate, but they also emit damaging fumes into the atmosphere. Oil or propane will expel approximately 50lbs of CO2 into the air on a 35-degree day while the heat runs. Instead, you could be using a mere 20 or so units of electrical energy to run your heater with half of the CO2.

Due to these points, we’re already seeing a big change in the way Americans heat their homes. Ductless heating contractors in Olympia, WA are upgrading more and more houses to fit these eco-friendly heating conditions.

Choosing the Right Contractor

With years of experience and roots right here in Olympia, WA, the team at Alpine Ductless is here for all your heating and cooling needs. Our master installers are experts in their field, hosting an array of qualifications and training which make them the best in class. 

If you’re interested in learning more about ductless heating, contact Alpine Ductless today. We’re always happy to answer questions and chat with new and existing customers. 

Plus you can visit our Ultimate Guide to Ductless Heating & Cooling in the Northwest for more answers on the benefits of Ductless systems.

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