Maybe you’ve got an old heat pump that’s getting ready to retire. Maybe you’ve got a central air conditioner and a furnace, and you’re wishing they were more energy-efficient and cheaper to run. Maybe you’re doing home renovations and considering upgrading to a better system for keeping your home at an ideal temperature. A ductless mini split heat pump is the answer.
How do heat pumps work? How are they so efficient? How is a mini split different from a system with ductwork? And what is the best one to get? We can’t speak highly enough of Mitsubishi ductless mini splits, and we’ll explain exactly why.
How Heat Pumps Work
An air conditioner uses refrigerant, running through coils, to soak up excess heat from your home and release it outdoors. A heat pump does the exact same thing! But, with the flip of a switch, it can also soak up heat from outside and bring it in to keep your home cozy—yes, even when it’s quite chilly outside!
How Heat Pumps Are So Efficient
Generating heat, either by combusting a fuel like natural gas or by using electrical resistance to bring a heating element to a high temperature, uses a ton of energy. The reason heat pumps are so efficient is that they simply don’t do that! All they do is transfer heat, moving it from one place to another, and they can do that at very high levels of efficiency as long as temperatures rarely drop below freezing.
The Ductless Mini Split Difference
A heat pump can be used with ductwork, just like an air conditioner or furnace can. But they can also be used with a ductless system, also called a mini split because when the refrigerant lines enter your home, they split. Instead of using one central indoor unit, they have multiple air handlers, and the refrigerant travels directly to them.
Because the air is cooled or heated by the refrigerant right where it is needed, and immediately blown out of the air handler, none of that cooling or heating energy can be lost. With ductwork, the air is no longer quite as hot or quite as cold once it reaches your vents, even when the ducts are in perfect condition. And sadly, they’re often not and can be losing up to 30% of your heated or cooled air to cracks or tears.
Finally, each air handler has its own thermostat. You can control the temperature precisely in each zone of your home, adding to everyone’s comfort while subtracting from your utility bills because you only heat or cool in the places you really need to.
Why We Love Mitsubishi
Mitsubishi is a long-lasting company (over a century!) with a stellar reputation as an innovator in many areas, especially the use of energy. Their mini splits have SEER2 (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio 2) ratings of up to 26, while your old outdated air conditioner, for example, probably has a much lower rating. And if that’s not enough for you, their air handlers are quieter and more compact than others, so you won’t even notice them.
If you’re ready to learn more about getting a Mitsubishi ductless mini split in Fort Walton Beach, FL, we’re ready to help.
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