Ductless Vs. Ducted
Ductless Heat Pump (Mini-Split)
A ductless heat pump (also known as a mini-split) is the best option for homes that are using ductless heating sources such as an electric or hot-water baseboard, a space heater or wood stove. A certified and trained HVAC technician would asses your home to see which unit is right for you.
Ducted Heat Pump
A ducted heat pump (also known as a central heat pump) is for a home that has an already existing duct system like an oil or wood furnace that uses forced air to heat a home through ducts & vents. The indoor unit would go where your current furnace is
A Little Tech Talk
When comparing models and brands, it helps to know what you’re looking at. Here are commonly used tech terms to describe the efficiency and operations of heat pumps:
KW: Kilowatt (symbol: kW) is a unit of electric power. One kilowatt (kW) is equal to 1000 watts (W) We purchase our electricity in kW from power companies, the more heat you can get for one kilowatt the less kilowatts you will need to purchase. For a comparison on the kW usage of different heating solutions, click here.
SEER: The efficiency of air conditioners & heat pumps is often rated by the Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER). The SEER rating of a unit is the cooling or heating output during a typical season divided by the total electric energy input during the same period. The higher the unit's SEER rating the more energy efficient it is
BTU/h: A Btu/h, or British thermal unit per hour, is a unit used to measure the heat output of a heating system. One Btu is the amount of heat energy given off by a typical birthday candle. If this heat energy were released over the course of one hour, it would be the equivalent of one Btu/h. So when comparing Heat Pump Models , different heat pumps will output different heating amounts. Therefor, don’t just compare prices, ensure you are comparing the heating output as well, measuredby BTU/h
HSPF: The heating seasonal performance factor (HSPF) is a measure of the total heat output in Btu of a heat pump over the entire heating season divided by the total energy in watt hours it uses during that time. This number is similar to the seasonal efficiency of a fuel-fired heating system and includes energy for supplementary heating.
EER: The energy efficiency ratio (EER) measures the steady state cooling efficiency of a heat pump. It is determined by dividing the cooling capacity of the heat pump in Btu/h by the electrical energy input in watts at a specific temperature.The higher the EER, the more efficient the unit.