Ducted vs. Ductless Heat Pumps: How To Choose
You have a big choice these days when you decide to install a new heat pump for your house: Do you go with a standard heat pump that runs using a ventilation system of ducts? Or do you choose the alternative ductless mini-split model that sends air into rooms through a series of air handlers?
The answer depends on your individual circumstances. But we can say this for certain: You should always have professionals advise you on your choice.
Here are some reasons that might sway you to one option or the other.
Why Choose a Ducted Heat Pump?
- Your home already has ducts: If you aren’t making any major home renovations that will involve removing ducts, it’s good to stick with existing ducts and hook up a new heat pump to them.
- Better air circulation: One of the benefits of using ducts is the powerful air circulation they provide. Ductless mini-splits can often leave the air feeling stagnant.
- You don’t like the look of air handlers on the walls: This is a basic aesthetic decision. Ductless systems require mounting air handlers on the walls. If you don’t like the appearance of these units in your rooms and prefer the HVAC system remain hidden, choose a ductwork system.
Why Choose a Ductless Heat Pump?
- You’re planning a renovation or new construction: Why not ditch the space-consuming ducts when you remodel parts of your home? A ductless system offers you greater design freedom.
- Asthma and allergy concerns: Ducted systems may have better circulation, but they also circulate dust and other air pollutants. Ductless heat pumps don’t have this problem, making them ideal for households with asthma and allergy sufferers.
- Zoned heating and cooling: Each of the air handlers in a ductless system can run separately from the others. This provides zone control over your home’s comfort, which can save you immensely over the years.