The term ‘ductless’ simply means no ductwork involved. Mr. Slim systems have two basic components:
- Indoor air handling unit otherwise known as the indoor head
- Slim-line outdoor condenser unit
These ductless heat pumps are easily connected by refrigerant lines running through a small 10cm opening in the wall or ceiling. The outdoor unit cycles the refrigerant through the lines to and from the indoor unit, where the air is conditioned and then distributed into the open space.
Indoor units come in a variety of styles and can be installed in compact tight spaces on walls or recessed into or suspended from ceilings. Installation is as simple as mounting the indoor and outdoor components of the system, connecting the refrigerant lines, and making a few electrical connections.
When you’re indoors, a central heating or cooling system is invisible. A ductless heat pump system, however, requires a vent in the ceiling or slim unit on the wall. Manufacturers do go to a lot of trouble to make the indoor component of a ductless system as stylish as possible, there is still something to see.
If you’re particular about your décor, a central system may be a better choice for you. But these homeowners found some pretty inventive ways of disguising them.
Are ductless heat pumps worth it in Canada?
Ductless heat pumps in Ottawa are the most cost-efficient and energy-efficient way to heat and cool open spaces. Ductless heat pumps and mini split systems are also very universal, specifically where there is not any ductwork or it cannot be installed. Therefore, ductless heat pumps are a great investment and are indeed worth it.
What are the cons of ductless heat pumps?
These types of heat pumps will result in long-term energy savings but their upfront cost is a bit higher than traditional heating and cooling systems. They also require typical maintenance that you would expect from any HVAC unit.
Do ductless heat pumps save money?
Yes they do. A ductless heat pump in Canada can save up to 40 percent of the cost of energy of a forced air system because they do not require much energy to run.
How much does a ductless heat pump cost?
A ductless air conditioning system can vary in price depending on the size, brand, model, and installation requirements. They typically cost between $2,500 and $7,000 but vary based on many different factors.
How many square feet can a ductless heat pump heat?
A mini split heat pump in Canada can only heat one room in your home at a time. If you plan on using ductless heat pumps throughout your whole home, you will need to measure the square footage of the room to ensure you have the right sized ductless heat pump for your room.
First, calculate the square footage of the room by multiplying the room’s length by its width. Then, multiply that number by 25. The number it comes out to is called the British Thermal Unit (BTU) output you will need for that room.
One BTU will represent the amount of energy you need to heat or cool one pound of water by one degree fahrenheit. This is an approximate number to help you find the right sized heating pump.
For example, a 150 to 200 square foot room will require a ductless heat pump with a 5,000 BTU output. Repeat these steps for every room you want to use a ductless heat pump in.
If you are interested in installing the best ductless heat pump in Canada, we can help make it happen. Schedule a free consultation today and we will help you determine what size ductless heat pump you need.