If you’re home is currently heated by a forced air furnace, or you just happen to have ductwork in your home for some other reason, then a ducted heat pump might be the ideal solution for you.
A ducted heat pump replaces your current forced air furnace and connects (often with a few slight modifications) to your current duct work.
Like ductless mini split heat pumps a ducted system still has an exterior unit that will be installed outside your home. The interior and exterior unit are then connected together via a pipe. That pipe that will need to be put through an outside wall to make the plumbing connection between the exterior and interior unit.
Install of a ducted system generally takes longer then a ductless heat pump. This is for a couple of reasons.
- The old furnace must be removed before the heat pump unit can be installed
- Sometimes there are slight modifications required to connect the old ductwork to the new unit
- Electrical upgrades can be required if you have 100 AMP service (call us for an in home assessment to determine what upgrades if any you might need.
Below are he Pros and Cons of Installing a Ducted Heat Pump.
Lower Cost of Operation: Without a doubt a Ducted heat pump is less expensive to run then an oil fired forced air furnace or electric forced air furnace. Since heat pumps aren’t using electricity to actually create heat, rather just extract it from outside and then blow it through your duct work, your costs for home heating will be less then if you stay on oil.
Built in Backup: Ducted systems generally have a built in emergency heating backup system. This backup system is an electric coil inside the unit that heats up to warm air passing over it into the ductwork. Backup heat sources are needed with any type of heat pump as they can only extract heat from the outside to about -15 Celsius.
Space Savings: Generally speaking the interior unit of a ducted heat pump will be smaller then your previous furnace saving you space in your furnace room.
Cooling in the Summer: Like a ductless mini split, ducted heat pumps work in reverse during the summer months and extract heat and humidity from inside your home. This makes for a more comfortable living space during those hot and humid days of July and August.
Old Duct Work: Depending on the age of your home it’s possible some of the heat generated by your heat pump will be lost while being blown through the duct work. Poor connections, thin piping and other issues account for this heat loss. There are fixes for such as ensuring all duct work joints are sealed properly and even wrapping the old ductwork to insulate it better. The downfall is that much of the ductwork in your home many not be accessible.
No Zoning: Most forced air systems do not have zoning setup. This means your home is either getting heated all at once or not at all. This is a downfall to any forced air ducted system whether it’s oil, electric or a heat pump. Ideally it would be good to heat only the rooms, or at least levels that you’re occupying.
Electrical Upgrades: Some homes running an oil furnace and oil hot water tank will only have 100 AMP electrical service. This can require an upgrade to your panel and power line directly into your home. This upgrade can be built into your cost and financed, but it’s something to keep in mind when measuring how long it will take to recoup your investment.
The first step to determining what heat pump is right for you and what upgrades may have to happen is to contact us and arrange a risk free in home assessment. We’ll come by, inspect your current equipment and discuss your options for cutting your energy bills each month.
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