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Central Air vs. Heat Pumps

It’s winter, which means you – or a trusted Special Gas technician – has to clear the cobwebs and get that old, rusted heating system back up and running. Okay, so not everybody’s furnace is old and inefficient, but many are. Many people hold onto their heating systems for far too long. When your furnace is 10-15 years old, it’s time to start considering a replacement.


One of the more popular recent developments in the HVAC industry is the ductless system. For years, homes have been plagued with big, loud and inefficient ducts across their entire home – but no more! Ductless systems require no previous ductwork and can often operate more efficiently than central air systems.


There are two types of systems available for ductless: air conditioners and heat pumps. Unlike air conditioners, heat pumps can offer year-round comfort.


A ductless heat pump is also known as a mini-split or a multi-split system, they are called split systems because of the combination of indoor and outdoor units that operate your heating. The outdoor unit is the same one used for ductless air conditioning but just reverses the flow of refrigerant. Instead of using the evaporated coil to subtract heat from the air, the system uses the condenser to add heat.


Because the system uses several different indoor units to control the temperature of your home, it also offers more customization. Not every space in your home deserves to be heated and cooled to the same degree, but with a multi-split system, it allows you to make those adjustments.


Controlling each indoor unit independently allows you to reach maximum comfort levels at a more efficient price than central air units. It can also put an end to thermostat wars by allowing people to have their preferences set in the area they spend most of their time in.


This can be a lot to take in, so for a more concise list of reasons to choose a ductless heat pump, here are some pros and cons:


Pros:

  • Multi-season use
  • Above average efficiency
  • More control over independent heating zones throughout your home
  • No ductwork


Cons:

  • Can be expensive if your system already has ducts
  • Multiple units mounted on walls throughout your home
  • Can be less desirable for larger homes


If you think a ductless heat pump is the right system for your home, contact us today! We’ll evaluate your needs and make sure that you’ve made the right choice.


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Special Gas Services proudly serves Brampton, Caledon, Mississauga, Georgetown and Bolton. We are a family-owned and -operated business, since 1968.

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