Buying a heater for your home can be a pretty frustrating process. There are so many different options that it can be difficult to figure out exactly how each option works. To help you come to a more informed purchasing decision, here is an overview of ductless heat pumps, one of the less common heating systems:
Heat pumps combine the functions of heaters and air conditioners into a single device. During summer, your heat pump can extract heat from your home and dump it outside, whereas the reverse happens during winter.
As you might guess, this can be very useful when it comes to maintenance and troubleshooting. Halving the number of HVAC appliances in your home means that there are only half as many things that can break. If something does go wrong, you will know exactly where to look.
However, it can also be a pretty frustrating if something does break. A problem with your heat pump means that you will have difficulty both heating and cooling your home, which means that you will need to get some repairs done sooner rather than later.
Ductless Heat Pumps
As far as specific types are concerned, the ductless heat pump is often the easiest and cheapest to install. While other heat pumps rely on a central ventilation system for moving the hot/cold air throughout your home, a ductless heat pump does not. All that you need is an external unit on the outside of your home and a small internal unit in each room that you plan on heating/cooling.
When in cooling mode, the internal units will each absorb heat from the air in your home, where it will be transported to the external unit and dumped outside. In heating mode, the reverse will happen and the external unit will absorb a bit of heat from the wind outside and deposit it in your home via the internal units.
While this does eliminate the need for an extensive ventilation system in your walls, it is not without its disadvantages. Most importantly, you will lose a huge amount of efficiency if you are trying to warm your house in a very cold winter. Since there will be so little heat to draw from the air, your heat pump will use a ton of power to get that small amount of heat into your home. This will result in very high electricity bills for a minimal increase in comfort.
For more information on heat pumps and other forms of heating, contact a company like Feldman Brothers Electrical Supply Co.