Ductless Heat Pump Review: Myth vs Fact
Ductless heat pumps have been around for more than 50 years and have evolved to be more efficient, consistent and affordable over the years. Like standard air-source heat pumps, they have an indoor and an outdoor component. They work by extracting heat from the outside air and bring it inside, warming the interior air. However, there are a lot of misconceptions going around! To settle this tug-of-war between myth and fact about this excellent option for home heating, we correct some of the most common misconceptions our ductless heat pump review.
Ductless Heat Pump Review
Myth 1: They Can Only Be Used in Warm Climates
Fact: Heat pumps can be used in both cold and warm climates. In fact, many of our clients choose ductless ac and heat as an additional way to heat their home. A perfect set up is a dual system – when temperatures drop, your home can be kept warm by alternating between the ductless heat system and your other system, like a gas furnace. Since a lot of energy is lost to ductwork, newer systems are especially efficient, saving you money on heating costs in the long run. This point brings us to the next myth.
Myth 2: They Are Expensive
Fact: Many studies have shown that ductless heat pumps can save you between $1,000 and $2,000 per year in energy costs, making it one of the most energy efficient air conditioning and heating systems out there. That amount is probably enough to let you get away on a tropical vacation during the winter months. What other heating system lets you do that?!
Myth 3: They Can Cause Poor Indoor Air Quality
Fact: DHP’s actually have air filters that clean the air as it passes through it. The filter traps dust, dirt, and other contaminants that actually are more likely to be spread in your home through ductwork! The filters should be changed every three months or so to ensure maximum air quality so you can breathe filtered and clean air in your home. This myth is easily dispelled with indoor air quality tests.
Myth 4: They Are Only for New Homes and Units
Fact: This is a persistent myth that couldn’t be farther from the truth. All types of homes can benefit from a DHP, including older residences. They can actually work together with other existing systems like boilers and furnaces, creating a bridge between older homes and modern comfort. Let’s face it, older homes often have inferior systems, with a boiler or furnace in the basement and non-existent cooling in the top bedrooms, where there is usually no ductwork. Since they can be installed almost anywhere in a house, it’s a great solution to the inefficiency of some heating systems in older homes.
Myth 5: They Wear Out Quickly and Don’t Last Long
Fact: With proper care, your heat pump can last for up to 20 years, with a survey showing the average lifespan to be about 16 years. The machine quality is the first indicator of how long a heat pump will last, and the saying “You get what you pay for” is very applicable here. We recommend buying trusted brands with good reviews. It will be worth the slightly higher price tag.
The Final Verdict
So, is this product right for you? The short answer is, it depends on your home. We won’t bore you with the long answer because consulting a professional is a better way to find out.
Did we dispel any myths for you in our review? Is there anything we left out? Get in touch if you have unanswered questions! Did you know we offer free estimates as well as second opinions? Contact us to find out if this is the right solution for your home!