There is a lot of understandable confusion on the wide array of heating options available for homeowners! Both heating and cooling units have ductless options for home. A ductless heat pump can be recognized as a wall-mounted unit that does not require an air duct system. Ductless heat pumps deliver hot air into a room without a circulation system to distribute heat throughout the entire home. Although Washington State has comparably good energy prices, and in fact our energy rates are nearly 20% lower than the U.S. average, many homeowners still look to save on energy costs throughout the year. Heating the rooms you spend the most time in, rather than the entire house, can be a good strategy for lowering your energy consumption.
Understanding Ductless Heat Pumps
Like with every choice there is a give and take. Ductless heating and cooling units have a higher price tag for installation than baseboard heating, but use less energy and save on bills overtime. Because of this, ductless heat pumps are a good choice for new additions or downsizing situations which will cause rooms in the house to be less frequently used, and thus not need heat. Ductless systems are also easier to install and rank well with efficiency. Furthermore, ductless systems avoid energy losses that come with central forced air. These losses can often account for more than 30% of the system’s energy consumption! Talk about energy savings!
Maintaining Your Home’s Ductless Heat Pump
So you’ve got an efficient heat pump which is saving energy consumption and electricity costs. Great! With the added savings, however, comes some needed maintenance. Ductless heat pumps require more regular maintenance than their central forced air alternatives. While central forced air systems require an annual cleaning and inspection, we recommend you clean your ductless system each month. The good news is that you can clean these on your own! A quick, monthly cleaning of the air filters will keep your heat pumps operating. Failure to do so, however, can impact the heat pump’s performance and lifespan. If you haven’t been doing regular cleaning a professional cleaning might be necessary. We can help!
Repairing or Replacing a Damaged Heat Pump
We hope you don’t have problems, but the good news is that signs that your heat pump needs repair or cleaning are not hard to spot! The first thing to listen for is strange sounds. Your heat pump will cry when it needs help! Next, monitor your heating bills. If it seems to be rising and there isn’t a strong correlation with your home heating habits that can indicate a problem with your heat pump. Finally, if you are overdue for a cleaning, it’s time to clean it and have it inspected! Remember that good maintenance now can prevent problems functioning when you need it. We also offer regular service plans for Snohomish, Kirkland, and surrounding areas to help with this!
Ductless Heat Pumps have a lot to offer and are a great option for many Washington homeowners. If you’re in need of a new system, or are looking to have your heat pump serviced we can help! We offer discounts for teachers, educators, military, police and fire service, and seniors! It’s our pleasure to help those who serve their communities keep their homes warm, cool, and with fresh air.