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Five Popular Misconceptions About Ductless Heat Pumps

Like any technology, ductless heat pumps need to be used properly and under the right conditions in order to achieve maximum value from them. And like anything in the internet age, ductless heat pumps are subject to all kinds of misinformation and misconceptions that can mislead consumers. Here are five of the biggest misconceptions being spread about ductless heat pumps.

They Are More Expensive To Run Than Oil Or Gas Heaters

This is demonstrably false. The cost saving associated with split-ductless heat pumps is dependent upon a number of factors, including the efficiency, condition and location of the original equipment, energy type and climatic region. Yet study after study shows that the use of electric heat pumps will save you between $1,000 and $2,000 annually in energy costs.

They Collect And Distribute Bacteria

Most split-ductless heat pumps are equipped with filter systems and self-cleaning functions, so that bacteria and spores don’t have an opportunity to settle. Incoming air is purified in several steps. Large plastic filters which cover the heat exchanger, as well as electric filter collectors, can both be washed with soapy water. An internal fan insures that the heat exchanger dries completely, eliminating any chance of bacterial growth.

They Are Only Suitable For New Construction and Not Existing Properties

Like any heating system, ductless heat pumps are more efficient in well-insulated new build houses, where they are often combined with other heating systems such as underfloor in order to make full use of all available space. But they are also a perfectly good option for existing housing stock, and an especially good option when the homeowner wants to add air conditioning as well as upgrade their heating system.

They Don’t Have A Long Life Cycle Because They Operate Twelve Months A Year

This is simply wrong. Dirt, improper application and service, plus lack of preventative maintenance are the main reasons for heat pump failure. You operate your vehicle for twelve months a year, too, but you don’t expect a top quality model to break down for that reason alone.

They Don’t Work In Cold Climates

Hyper-Heat systems offer 100 percent heating capacity at 5° F outdoor ambient, and offer performance down to -13° F outdoor ambient, so they're the perfect supplement to an existing central heating system. Offering higher efficiency ratings than boiler-based systems, ductless heat pumps cost less to operate by maximizing the amount of heat generated from the energy consumed.


Sources

Ice Energy: Heat Pump Misconceptions

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation: High Efficiency Air to Air Heat Pump


This article and its content are sponsored by Mitsubishi Electric US Inc., Cooling & Heating Division. 

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