The technology of home comfort advances each year. Although the older methods of home heating, furnaces and boilers, are still around and still delivering cozy indoor environments through the winter, the more recent heat pumps have become common choices for many homeowners. Going one step further from the advances of the heat pump is the ductless mini split heat pump, which permits a home to receive central heating (and cooling) through forced air, but without requiring a single foot of ductwork anywhere in the house.
Our team at Basnett Plumbing & Heating installs ductless heat pumps in Southborough, MA and throughout the MetroWest area. If you are interested in having a ductless heating system for your home, call our technicians today and they can give you all the information you need to help make a decision about the best option for your family’s comfort.
How ductless heat pumps work
The way that heat pumps operate without using a network of ducts installed in the walls and ceilings is to combine some of the functions of window air conditioning units with central heating and air. Window ACs provide spot cooling for rooms by blowing air directly from their cabinet: the blower is installed in the unit along with the evaporator coil. What a ductless heat pump does is use multiple smaller blower units containing fans and coils placed throughout the house to send conditioned air directly into rooms: no ducts necessary.
But how is this a “centralized” heating and cooling system? Each of the blowers connects to an outdoor unit through refrigerant, condensate, and power lines. The outdoor unit works as a condenser when the heat pump is in cooling mode, and as an evaporator when the heat pump is in heating mode.
Otherwise, a ductless mini split heat pump works in the same fashion as a standard heat pump: the system moves refrigerant in a cycle that transports heat from one location and deposits it in another. When you need to warm up your house, the heat pump moves refrigerant from the compressor in the outdoor unit to each of the indoor blowers, where they release heat along the coils and fans sends the warm air into the rooms. The refrigerant from each blower then returns to the outdoor unit where it absorbs heat from the outside. (Yes, even in cold weather, there is heat available in the air for the heat pump to absorb.)
Is a ductless heat pump right for my home?
To answer this question, you should call our specialists at Basnett Plumbing & Heating. They can look over your home and determine if it will benefit from a ductless mini split heat pump or not. For Southborough, MA, ductless heat pumps are especially helpful for older and historic homes that do not have space for ductwork. But they are also excellent if you planning remodeling or a new home construction.
Let us help you make the best choice for your family’s comfort.