The traditional way to heat and cool a home is to use an AC unit for cooling and a furnace for heating. Just because this is the traditional way does not mean that it is the best way. You can use a heat pump to both heat and cool your home, which can help you to cut down on installation costs, and you can use a ductless system to provide more targeted and efficient cooling.
Cost Savings with a Heat Pump
A heat pump can be used to both heat and cool your home, which means you don't have to pay for two separate pieces of equipment. You also can reduce the size of your mechanical room, which can further help to decrease construction costs as well as helping you to free up more space in your home.
Cost Savings with a Ductless Heat Pump
Ducts can increase your costs in two main ways: for one, you have to pay to install the ducts; and two, leaky ducts can decrease your AC and heating efficiency by up to 40%. While simply eliminating your ducts can help you to save money, this is only the beginning when it comes to how a ductless system can help to improve your efficiency. Consider the following:
1. A ductless system will come with four small evaporator coils, which you can place in the rooms that most need cooling. If you have a basement, chances are it stays cool without the need for AC. You might also have rooms that you only rarely use. Pumping cold air into these rooms is simply wasting energy.
2. Each set of evaporator coils will come with its own thermostat. This will allow you to decide the temperature for each room independently, so you don't have to worry about over cooling one room just to get another room comfortable.
3. Separate thermostats will also allow you to turn off the AC to rooms as you leave them, which will help you two reduce wasted energy.
Pumping cold or hot air to every room in your house makes sense if every room in your house is in use and needs conditioning. On the other hand, using a ductless heat pump will allow you to target your heating and cooling to your actual needs. While a ductless system doesn't make sense for a large home inhabited by a large family, it is still a good choice for small homes or small families.
Talk to local professionals, such as Salem Heating & Sheet Metal, Inc., for more information