Air conditioners and furnaces make up the majority of heating and cooling functions in our homes. However, these are not always the safest, most cost-efficient routes to go. Two systems that rank high in popularity because of their ability to both heat and cool are mini splits and heat pumps. Both are a great investment in the comfort of your space, but which route should you take?

Ductless Mini Split

Mini Splits

Mini splits are rising in popularity because of their minimally invasive installation–no ductwork needed! This appeals to homeowners because it allows them to receive the comfort of a traditional HVAC system without the need to build ductwork throughout the home. Because of this, they can be installed anywhere inside the home, which allows more control for you in certain rooms that you want extra comfort. They are highly efficient and have a quiet sound. Unfortunately, they are not great for large spaces, and may require more than one unit to be installed. They can be costly, but they often save you money in your energy bills, and can cut your heating costs up to 60%. If you’re interested in efficiency, check out our blog about SEER to learn what systems are the most efficient. Another con is that some people consider them an eyesore, because they not only require an outdoor unit, but a smaller, indoor piece too.

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Heat Pumps

Heat pumps work by moving heat from one area to another. When you want it to work as an air conditioner, it pulls heat out of your home, and vice versa when you want it to heat your home.  These systems scan be highly efficient and can cut energy costs too. They are environmentally friendly and are efficient for burning fuels. Unlike a mini split, they only require one single unit, which means quick and smooth installation. Another great thing about heat pumps is that they are safer than furnaces. Since they don’t rely on gas combustion, there is no potential for a gas leak in your home. But what are the downsides? Heat pumps are not great if you live in an area without much heat. Regions where temperatures can reach the negatives are not ideal, and heat pumps are useless in these areas. A temperature of 40 degrees or more on a regular basis is a great climate for a heat pump.

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Heat Pump

Free Quotes at Poorman’s Heating & Air

Depending on what you’re looking for, it can be a tough call between choosing between a mini split and a heat pump. Call Poorman’s to get a free appointment with one of our comfort consultants to discuss which option would be the best for you.