There are two primary systems which meet the needs of most residential customers with various size and configuration options available. While it is beneficial to understand these systems, it is always best to contact us for a no-obligation assessment of your needs. Doing so can save you time, money, and the potential aggravation of getting lost in technical data.
Mini-split Heat Pumps
Mini-splits are heating and cooling systems that allow you to control the temperatures in individual rooms or spaces. They provide a simple solution for individual zoning.
Mini-split systems have two main components — an outdoor compressor/condenser and an indoor air-handling unit(s) (evaporator). They are easy to install usually requiring only a three-inch hole through a wall for the conduit; which houses the power and communication cables, copper tubing, and a condensation drain line, linking the outdoor and indoor units.
Mini-split heat pumps are not only great solutions for whole home or new constructions but make good retrofit add-ons to houses with “non-ducted” heating systems, such as hydronic (hot water heat), radiant panels, and space heaters (wood, kerosene, propane). They can also be a good choice for room additions where extending or installing distribution ductwork is not feasible, and energy efficient new homes that require only a small space conditioning system.
Ductless mini-splits can come in multi splits as well. Which means one outdoor condenser unit operating multiple indoor units.
Mini splits come in a variety of styles (wall mounted, ceiling cassettes or consoles) to provide comfort tailored to the specific needs of you and you home.
Ducted Heat Pumps
A ducted heat pump has an outdoor condenser connected to an indoor unit. The heat is distributed from the unit through ductwork or vents into individual rooms, providing whole-house heating and cooling. These systems are used for new home construction or added to existing forced-air systems. Adding a heat pump to a forced-air furnace will optimize the efficiency of the heating system. These systems usually have a back up heat source. Such as electric or oil used for emergency heat. It is also used to temper the air when the system is in defrost.