Ductless mini-splits are heating and cooling systems that can keep indoor areas comfortable while lowering utility bills. However, misconceptions about these units occasionally deter homeowners from installing them, often opting for central air instead. The following guide strives to correct some of these assumptions.
What Are Common Misconceptions About Mini-Split Heat Pumps?
1. They Provide Heat Only
Heat pumps use refrigerant to absorb warm air from outdoors and mechanical energy to transfer it into your home. However, they can also absorb heat from indoor areas before expelling it outdoors. This means you may use these systems for both heating and cooling. You won’t have to worry about installing and caring for separate furnace and AC units. Instead, you’ll have a consolidated system that’s easy-to-operate and low-maintenance.
2. They’re Big & Noisy
Early heat pump models earned a reputation for being large and loud. However, advancements in technology allow manufacturers to make them much smaller, simplifying installation and ensuring they are much less conspicuous. Additionally, they feature mechanical components such as fans and motor bearings that oscillate more smoothly than in the past. Newer technology in the mini-split’s condenser (outdoor unit) has made them dramatically quieter.
3. They Run Constantly & Inefficiently
Heat pumps may have longer cycles than traditional heating and cooling systems since they gradually absorb heat from indoor or outdoor areas. However, they do not run constantly. They’re also quite efficient since they don’t use ducts, which often develop small holes and fissures that allow conditioned air to leak out. As a result, ductless mini-split systems often come with less energy waste and lower utility bills.
4. They Collect & Recirculate Pollutants
Many people think heat pumps operate without filters and, therefore, circulate dirt, dust, and pet dander through indoor air. However, that isn’t true. Additionally, since they do not require ductwork and vents, allergens will have fewer places to accumulate within these systems, which may prevent allergenic rhinitis and asthma attacks.
Enjoy the benefits of heat pumps by upgrading your system with help from Jon’s Plumbing & Heating. We provide ductless mini-split installations along with repairs and maintenance to clients throughout Mount Vernon, OH and the surrounding area. Call (740) 392-5667 to ask about heating and cooling systems in stock, and visit our website to learn more about how we can keep your indoor areas comfortable year-round.