If you're planning to buy an older home that will need to be renovated, then you may want to think about installing a ductless heat pump for climate control. You'll save money on the expense of installing ducts, and you may find that the system is much more energy efficient too. Here is some more information about ductless systems.
How A Ductless System Works
There are two components to a ductless heat pump. One is the condenser that sits outside, much like a regular outdoor AC condenser. The other part is the air handler that attaches to a wall inside your house. You may need more than one air handler, depending on how many rooms you want to heat or cool. A heat pump system is capable of both heating and cooling. It works as a heater by gathering heat from the air or ground outdoors and then pumping it inside. When you use the AC, it gathers heat from indoors and pumps it outside. By pumping heat from the warmer place to the cooler place, it is able to maintain climate control inside your home.
Why A Ductless System Is Easy To Install
A ductless system is much easier to install than a traditional central HVAC system since there are only two components. All that's required to install the system is to find a place for the condenser, such as a concrete pad. Then, the contractor drills a hole through the wall of your house to pass through the hose that goes to the air handler. The air handler is secured to the wall inside. It's fairly small and unobtrusive, and if you have it placed close to the ceiling, it will be out of the way. Once the system is hooked up, the heated or chilled air blows out of the air handler, which works like a central air vent. You can adjust the temperature and flow to keep the rooms as comfortable as you need.
What Makes A Ductless Heat Pump More Efficient
There are fewer parts to a ductless system, so there are fewer places to lose heat before it makes it out of the vents. Since less heat is wasted, the condenser is much more efficient, which makes your energy bills lower. Plus, you can install a heat pump to a single room or just part of your home, which may not be practical with a central HVAC. However, while a ductless system may be more energy efficient than a climate control system that uses ducts, you still need to have adequate insulation in the rooms being treated to get the best results.
You may find that a heat pump is the ideal way to add climate control to your renovated home, especially if you don't want to use the space in your attic for ducts. One important key to being happy with your heat pump is to make sure you install the right size for the space you want to treat. So, talk to a contractor about the best pump and the best placement of the air handler to get peak performance from the system.