Homeowners are always on the lookout for cost-effective ways to stay comfortable all year round. If you don’t have ductwork, you need to get creative. Instead of expensive baseboard heating and inconvenient window AC units, consider opting for a ductless heat pump. This is such an efficient, versatile choice that even homes with air ducts can benefit from installing one.
What is a Ductless Heat Pump?
Also called a ductless mini-split, this home comfort system has many of the same components as a central heat pump, including an outdoor condensing unit and indoor evaporator coil. These are linked by a conduit, which passes through a small hole in the wall.
The indoor portion, which features a built-in air handle, is mounted discreetly to the wall or ceiling. This eliminates the need for ductwork. A single outdoor unit can connect to up to five indoor units, each of which is controlled independently by a remote.
Ductless heat pumps extract heat from the air using refrigerant. Then, they either vent this warmth indoors for wintertime heating or exhaust it outside for summertime cooling. It’s a popular choice for older homes or add-ons that lack ductwork. You can also use it to supplement your central HVAC system.
Do you think that ductless heat pump installation might be right for your home? Contact us today for a free estimate!
How Does a Ductless Heat Pump Work?
A ductless heat pump system works by using an inside and outside unit. The outside unit connects to the inside unit through a bundle of cables, including a refrigerant line. This means that all you need is a small hole in your wall to connect the two.
The inside unit distributes the heated or cooled air and is controlled by a remote control, which allows you to adjust settings at all times.
Heat pumps work to draw heat out of the outside air, sucking the air through the outside unit, heating it to the right temperature, then passing it through your home from the unit inside. In reverse, they draw the warm air out of your home, leaving your home feeling comfortable throughout the summer months.
Benefits of Ductless Heat Pump Installation
There are many advantages to installing a ductless heat pump:
- Ease of installation: With no ductwork, installation is much faster and simpler than other HVAC systems.
- Remote operation: Adjust the temperature from anywhere in the room using a convenient remote control.
- Energy efficiency: Not only are ductless systems highly efficient, but they also avoid the energy waste associated with ductwork. This may reduce your heating and cooling costs by up to 30%.
- Optimal temperature control: With individual air handlers throughout your home, you can heat and cool rooms independently for maximum comfort and efficiency.
If you’re interested in having a ductless heat pump installed in your home, please contact Aladdin AC to learn more.
Signs it’s Time to Replace Your Ductless Heat Pump
If you already have a ductless heat pump, you’ve grown accustomed to its high efficiency and performance capabilities. Unfortunately, as with all mechanical systems, you must replace it eventually. Here are the signs to watch for:
- Aging equipment: The efficiency of all HVAC systems degrades with age. If your ductless heat pump is over a decade old, it may be time to replace it soon.
- Rising costs: If your energy bills are steadily increasing, or you have repaired the equipment two or three times in as many years, stop throwing good money at bad and replace your ductless heat pump.
- Comfort problems: If some rooms feel hot, stuffy, or humid despite the constantly running heat pump, the equipment could be malfunctioning. A repair might fix the problem, but if not, a replacement is probably on the horizon.
If you notice any of these signs, request a ductless heat pump replacement estimate from Aladdin AC today.
Schedule Ductless HVAC Installation in Ventura, Simi Valley & Thousand Oaks
Our heating and cooling experts have been making Southern California residents comfortable for over 30 years. We are licensed and insured for your peace of mind, offering in-depth knowledge of HVAC systems to help you make the right choice. For fast, reliable HVAC service you can count on, turn to Aladdin AC!
Please call (661) 414-0444 for Santa Clarita Valley; (818) 991-5684 for San Fernando Valley; or (805) 480-0327 for Ventura County to learn more about ductless heat pump installation. You can also contact us online to schedule an in-home estimate.
Frequently Asked Questions About Heat Pump Installation
I heard ductless heat pumps don’t work well in cold weather; is that a concern in Ventura and the San Fernando Valley?
It’s true heat pumps drop below 100% efficiency if the temperature drops below 20 degrees or so. Fortunately, Ventura County and the San Fernando Valley rarely see temperatures below 40, let alone freezing. Heat pump efficiency issues, therefore, are rarely an issue here.
Do heat pumps cost more to install and maintain than furnaces and HVAC systems?
Heat pumps heat and cool your home, so unlike separate air conditioning and heating systems, they’re used all year long. They may require more seasonal maintenance to keep them operating at peak performance, but other than that, maintenance is not much different from what you perform on HVAC systems. Installing a ductless heat pump is often less expensive than installing a gas or electric furnace and air conditioning unit.
I have an older home — will a ductless system work for me?
Yes, because they don’t require ductwork, they’re an ideal heating and cooling solution for older homes. Ductless systems are the most efficient systems available and offer far superior performance to traditional heat pumps. The indoor units are unobtrusive, blend in with any decor, and allow you to heat or cool rooms individually.
How long does it take to install a ductless heat pump?
Factors that determine how long it takes include the size of the system and how many indoor air handlers need to be mounted. If the installation is a straightforward back-to-back split system, it generally takes about six hours to complete. So, depending on your home’s unique considerations, a skilled professional can typically finish a heat pump installation job in one or two days.
Have more questions about ductless heat pump installation? Contact Aladdin AC online, or call us today at (805) 480-0327.