If you’re in the market for a new HVAC system, you may be running into new types of equipment you haven’t heard of before. For example, what is a mini split heat pump?
Keep reading to learn what it does, the advantages of a mini split heat pump, and when it might be the best option for your residence or commercial space. And how you can save up to $2000!
Introducing the mini split heat pump
A mini split heat pump is a combination of two types of technology: a mini split and a heat pump.
“Heat pump” means it can produce both heating and cooling for your space. It’s basically like an air conditioner that can also work in reverse to capture heat from outside and move it indoors. Heat pump technology has improved to the point where heat pumps now work well even in cold climates like New York City.
“Mini split” means it’s ductless, flexible, and energy-efficient. Instead of a large central unit and ducts to distribute conditioned air, a mini split has a group of smaller units installed in the ceilings or walls throughout your space.
Let’s explore the benefits as well as when to choose a mini split heat pump for your HVAC needs.
5 benefits of mini split heat pumps for your home or light commercial space
1. Heat & cooling from one system
A set of mini split heat pump units can take the place of both your old, noisy, power-hogging AC system AND your heating system (which is probably just as old, noisy and expensive to run). Of course, they work for a new space, too.
2. Flexible and customizable comfort
Since mini split heat pump systems consist of individual units that heat and cool a specific zone, units can be placed where you need them most. And each unit can be independently controlled so you can tweak the temperature for the specific needs of each area.
It’s even possible to have heat and AC simultaneously in different parts of your space (for example, heat in the corner office and AC in the server room.)
3. No need for ducts
Ductless systems are simpler and often less expensive to install.
4. Energy efficiency
Heat pump technology is more efficient than the typical central air and furnace or boiler heating system. And ductless mini splits are more efficient than ducted systems since there’s no loss of conditioned air through ducts. That makes mini split heat pumps a great choice for saving energy.
In fact, the government is offering a tax credit of up to $2000 to encourage people to install energy-efficient heat pump technology. You can learn more here.
5. Quiet operation
With no ducts, no large compressor, and no strange noises from furnaces or boilers, you get quiet HVAC comfort with mini split heat pumps.
When to choose a mini split heat pump system
You can’t (or don’t want to) install ducts
Here in the city, there are many historic buildings where it’s not possible to install ducts. And even if it’s allowed, you may not want to lose your gorgeous high ceilings to make room for ductwork.
With mini split heat pumps, you don’t need ducts.
You have no space to install large HVAC equipment
Traditional central air requires large compressor/condensing units (usually outside) and air handler units (indoors). Furnaces and boilers also take up a lot of space. In New York City (and especially in Manhattan), space comes at a premium price and no one wants to waste valuable space for huge HVAC equipment.
Mini split heat pumps are small units that can be installed in ceilings, walls, or as standalone units.
You need supplemental heating and cooling
Do you have an add-on space that needs heating and cooling? Or an area that has insufficient heat and AC (maybe because it’s at the end of a duct run)?
A mini split heat pump can solve this problem without having to replace your existing system.
You want zoned comfort control
Both residential and commercial spaces often need zoned heating and cooling. In a home, you might want more heat in the bedrooms but less in the kitchen. In a restaurant, the kitchen needs extra cooling all year round and the dining area needs to be comfortable and not drafty.
Mini split heat pumps provide the ultimate in zoned comfort, since each area can be controlled independently to achieve the ideal conditions throughout your space.
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