Ductless heat pumps are very convenient, but they aren't always the best solution. On the other hand, installing central heating, whether the system is powered by a furnace or boiler, is not possible in many properties. If you want to finally invest in some sort of heating system, you need to compare these two systems and decide which will be the best for your property. This article compares ductless heat pumps with central heating systems.
Ductless Heat Pumps
The big draw of ductless heat pump is that they are so convenient to install and use. Most just need to be plugged in to run. Some need to be mounted to a wall, but homeowners tend to prefer freestanding pumps that can be unplugged and move around the house. It also allows them to put the pump into storage during the summer when they don't need it. Ductless heat pumps are solely powered by electricity. This becomes problematic if you are trying to heat up several rooms in your home at the same time. You would need several pumps that would suck up a lot of electricity. Generally, heat pumps are not the most energy efficient choice for larger homes. In fact, they are really only practical in small apartments, or in rooms that just need to be a little warmer.
Central Heating Systems
Central heating systems are going to be far more efficient than heat pumps once they are installed. Of course, the initial installation of a central heating system is going to be much greater than that of a ductless heat pump. You can walk into any home improvement store, buy a heat pump, bring it home, and plug it in to immediately start enjoying the warmth. A central heating system that is hooked up to the ducts within the walls has several components, like a furnace, evaporator, condenser, and pump. Basically, it is a far more complicated system that can only be professionally installed. The installation is more manageable if your walls already have ducts within them. But, adding ducts to an existing building can be a major renovation.
In the end, a ductless heat pump might be the only solution if you are renting your property. But, if you plan on living in your home for multiple years, having a centrally powered heating system is going to be far more efficient and your electricity bills will be much lower. Contact a company, like Golden State Commercial Equipment Repair, for more help.