Ductless heaters work by using heat pump technology. That is, unlike electric and gas-fueled central furnaces, they don’t actually create heat. Instead, they collect heat from the air outside and transfer it to the air inside your home. Heat pumps both heat and cool, so you won’t need to have a separate air conditioner installed.
Types of Ductless Heating Systems
Single-Split Ductless Heat Pumps
A single-split system consists of an outdoor compressor and one indoor air handler unit. Single-splits may not have enough power to heat a whole house unless it’s quite small. However, they do an even better job than multi-splits for heating the area in which they’re placed. Homeowners sometimes choose to purchase several single-split heat pumps and arrange them around their houses so that if one unit fails, they still have others. If you’re buying only one single-split, they’re less expensive than a multi-split system because they have fewer components and are easy to set up. Keep in mind, though, that if you decide to install several single-split heaters, it will cost you more than putting in one mini-split.
Multi-Split Ductless Heat Pumps
In a multi-split system, the outdoor compressor is connected to several indoor units (as many as eight). You might have heard this type of HVAC system referred to as a “mini-split” — it’s another name for the same thing. A multi-split is a great heating option to take care of an entire building while still being able to control the temperature of individual rooms. Note that unlike having several single-split systems installed, if your multi-split fails, you won’t have heating (but the same is true with conventional furnaces).
Maintaining Your Ductless Heater
You’ll need to change the filters in your units regularly. The frequency depends upon different factors, such as the number of family members, how many pets you have, whether anyone has allergies or asthma, the concentration of dust in the air, etc. The owner’s manual of your heat pump will provide a recommended replacement schedule. An experienced HVAC technician from Texas Air Tech will also help guide you on this point. Your filter may need replacing as often as every two weeks or as infrequently as every few months.
Regular maintenance also keeps your ductless heater under warranty. Contact us today for fast, friendly installation and a comfortable home year-round!