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What is a Ductless Heat Pump?

Even though Mitsubishi Electric Cooling & Heating ductless heat pumps have been on the market for decades, many consumers still aren't familiar with these systems. The truth is that a ductless heat pump system isn't all that different from the standard air conditioners that you probably know well. However, ductless systems have several key features built into their designs to improve further on the tried and true central air conditioner.

Any air conditioner or heat pump runs on a simple cooling cycle, the same cycle developed about a century ago. At the evaporator coil, refrigerant chemicals absorb heat from the home and become gaseous; the system then pumps the refrigerant vapor to the condenser coil, where it's forced to become liquid again and release the heat. By repeating this cycle over and over again, an air conditioner removes heat from your home, lowering the indoor temperature.

Heat pumps use this same cooling cycle with a twist: It can run in reverse. During the cooling season, a heat pump cools your home just like an air conditioner. During the heating season, the cycle runs backward, absorbing heat from the outside air and bringing it inside. This enables heat pumps to provide efficient heating and cooling throughout the year, especially in fairly mild climates.

What Does Ductless Mean?

A Mitsubishi Electric heat pump runs on the same cooling cycle as any other heat pump, but the ductless design has several key advantages:

  • Variable-Speed Compressor: A ductless system can match your home's heating or cooling needs in real time thanks to its special compressor, improving energy efficiency and eliminating uncomfortable temperature changes.
  • Direct Heating and Cooling: Standard air conditioners and furnaces lose 20 to 30 percent of their cooling or heating power to leaks in the ducts. Ductless heat pumps avoid that issue entirely.
  • Unobtrusive Design: Ductless heat pumps are compact systems that sit high and out of sight on an interior wall. They also make very little noise.

What Does a Ductless Heat Pump Cost?

As a rule, ductless heat pump prices are a little higher than the cost of a new air conditioner. However, many homeowners find that the advantages of ductless climate control far outweigh that up-front cost. Between the small size that's ideal for apartments and condominiums and the improved energy efficiency that will cut your utility bills for years to come, a ductless heat pump is a great investment in the future of your home.

Of course, to upgrade to a ductless system, you'll need a reliable contractor to install it. Our ductless heat pump installation experts will work with you to find the right heat pump for your home and install it up to the manufacturer's specifications.

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