Are ductless mini splits a good choice for Denver?
Yes. Many homeowners are “going ductless” due to the energy savings and incredible comfort. Ductless mini splits offer a single zone or multi zone solution so you can enjoy comfort throughout your home. Denver home owners like mini splits because they both heat and cool and are extremely efficient. Many are ENERGY STAR® rated. Denver businesses (like the grow industry) require an energy efficient solution so they can reduce their utility bills.
What is a ductless heat pump?
A ductless heating and cooling system is a highly efficient zonal heating and cooling system that does not require the use of air ducts. Ductless systems consist of an outdoor compressor unit and one or more indoor air-handling units, called “heads”, linked by a dedicated refrigerant line. Indoor heads are typically mounted high on a wall or ceiling covering a 3 inch hole where the refrigerant line passes through from the outside unit, which is mounted at the base of the house. Each indoor head corresponds with a heating and cooling zone that can be controlled independently.
What is a ductless mini split?
The term ductless heat pump and ductless mini split are synonymous. They both refer to a heating and cooling system that does not require duct work. Many homes fall into the category of having no ductwork; for example, some home heat with boilers, baseboard cadet heaters or radiators. The challenge with this type of heating is that it is expensive.
The split refers to the concept of having two components: an outdoor unit and one or more indoor heat. And heat pump refers to a unit that can both heat and cool. A Ductless heat pump or ductless mini split is an HVAC system that heats, cools and requires no duct work. They are gaining popularity due to the incredible cost savings and health benefits they provide.
How does it work?
By using a refrigerant vapor compression cycle, like a common household refrigerator, ductless systems collect heat from outside the house and deliver it inside on the heating cycle, and vice versa on the cooling cycle. Ductless systems use variable speed compressors with “inverter technology” (AC to DC) in order to continuously match the heating/cooling load, avoiding the on/off cycling of conventional electric resistance and central heating systems that is commonly associated with uncomfortable temperature variations and high energy consumption. Ductless systems are reversible, 2-way heat pumps that use electricity to transfer heat between outdoor and indoor air by compressing and expanding refrigerant.
Who benefits from using a ductless heat pump?
Just about everyone can benefit from a ductless system. Especially anyone interested in saving money on their monthly utility bill. One of the biggest benefits of going ductless is their super high efficiency. Many are ENERGY STAR® rated and provide big saving on utility bills.
Big savings are available to anyone who currently heats their home with boilers, baseboard heaters, propane, or oil.
Additionally, anyone with a furnace or heat pump more than 10 years old can benefit from the increased savings and increased comfort. A Ductless System has built in intelligence and is also super quiet. Upgrading to a ductless system has many advantages.
Also, many people who suffer from allergies or asthma report an increase in health after they go ductless. Understand that a traditional forced air heating or AC unit forces air through ductwork that probably hasn’t been cleaner in decades. Dust, mold, bacteria and debri can be in your duct work so eliminating the ducts increases your indoor air quality.
What are some of common applications for a ductless heat pump?
A ductless heat pump is the perfect solution for
• Any home heated with electric heat, including wall heaters, baseboard heat.
• Remodeling projects and home additions. No time consuming and expensive duct work is required – a ductless heat pump will both heat and cool your new addition and is quick and easy to install!
• Anyone looking for an environmentally friendly, energy efficient heating source.
• Any home needing AC – a ductless heat pump can heat and cool – making it one of the best buys in the market.
• New construction. Ductless technology is the future. Any new home construction should consider a Daikin ductless heat pump.
Why Choose a Ductless Heat Pump?
Many homes do not have ducts and adding ductwork is expensive, time consuming, and often impractical. Ductwork can cause up to 30% or more in energy leaks, which is very inefficient. Poorly designed and installed duct systems can also result in issues related to air flow, system performance, comfort, noise, and indoor air quality. Ducts should be cleaned regularly but seldom are. Ductless heat pumps are simply more efficient.
What Makes a Ductless Heat Pump So Efficient?
The benefit of using a ductless heat pump is that they are extremely efficient. This is because the heated or cooled air is delivered directly to the room. Thus, they avoid efficiency losses associated with ductwork. Many homeowners report up to 50% savings on their heating bill.
How is the system controlled?
The system is controlled with a hand held remote control that resemble your TV remote control. Using this control, you can select heating or cooling, the temperature setting and other modes of operation such as fan speed and air direction.
Can a ductless heat pump be used to augment our current heating and cooling system?
Absolutely. This is a great use for the ductless heat pump. A ductless heat pump can be used to replace your existing system OR you may choose to use your oil furnace as a backup heat. This can lead to exciting cost savings!
We want an environmentally friendly, energy efficient heating source, can ductless help?
Nothing compares to the efficiency of a ductless heat pump. This is because the heated or cooled air is delivered directly to the room. They avoid the efficiency losses associated with ductwork, homes can lose up to 25% of heat due to poor ductwork. Daikin is the world leader in ductless technology and now boasts up to 20 SEER.
We have people who suffer from allergies in the house, can a ductless heat pump help?
Absolutely! In a traditional heating and cooling environment, a furnace or heat pump “forces” air through dirty duct work. In contrast a ductless heat pump delivers pure, clean air directly to you. This is a major benefit that is often overlooked.
Who provides ductless heat pumps?
There are many manufacturers of ductless heat pumps, but only one that specialized in this technology. Daikin is the world leader in ductless heat pump technology and is the only manufacture dedicated to ductless heat pumps. Daikin is the recipient of many awards on their innovations and will continue to dominate in this area. Daikin also offers the industry’s best warranty.
Where can I get a ductless heat pump?
Choose from one of our trusted 3D dealers. A Daikin 3D dealer has received the highest level of training. They have invested significant hours to be fully trained and certified on Daikin ductless technology. They’ll make sure to size your home precisely and install your equipment to factory standards. Find a ductless contractor
How easy is it to install a ductless heat pump?
A ductless heat pump can be installed quickly and easily. You’ll want to make sure to have a trained contractor do the installation. Our experienced and trained contractors know how to size your home so that you get the right system. And, you can be up and running in no time at all. Find a ductless contractor
To find out more about how you a ductless heat pump can add value to your Denver home or business, contact a Daikin 3D dealer today. You’ll be glad you did!