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What’s the Difference Between Ducted & Ductless Heat Pumps?


If you’re shopping around for a heat pump, you may be thinking about going ductless instead of choosing a more standard ducted model. But what are the differences between the two? We’re highlighting the pros and cons of both ducted and ductless heat pumps below.

If you’ve been searching for ‘heat pump installation near me’, you are in the right place. Our team can offer an in-home assessment to review how either type of heat pump would get installed in your home. You can keep reading to learn more about heat pumps so you can make the best decision about which type of system is right for your family.

Ducted Heat Pump

A ducted heat pump is just like the name implies. It is a heat pump that connects to a series of ductwork that is usually located in your attic or basement. A ducted heat pump is very similar to any other forced air system. Your heat pump produces heated or cooled air that then channels through the network of ducts to blow across your home evenly.

A ducted heat pump is great because it offers both heating and cooling all within a single system. You also only have to maintain the one individual unit, compared to multiple units with a ductless mini split. A ducted heat pump offers consistent heating and cooling across your entire home at one time.

Ductless Heat Pump

A ductless heat pump is actually a series of smaller units dispersed throughout the rooms of your house. While they do still connect to a central outdoor unit, there is no central air indoor unit and no attached ductwork. Instead, air blows directly into the rooms were each unit is located, usually attached along the top of a wall near the ceiling.

Ductless heat pumps are considered 100% energy efficient since none of the air gets lost in the attached ductwork. 100% of the air that is either heated or cooled blows directly into your home. Because of this, ductless heat pumps can save you a lot on your monthly energy costs. 

In fact, experts estimate that you could slash your energy costs by up to half when it comes to heating and cooling your home by installing a ductless unit. You can set identical settings across all of your units for whole-house heating and cooling or customize temperatures in each room based on personal preferences. 

Of course, you do want to keep in mind that you’ll have more maintenance steps to complete with more units being dispersed throughout your home. Instead of changing out a single air filter on a central indoor unit, you have to clean out the filters for the individual units in each room.

How to Choose a Heat Pump

A ductless heat pump costs more to install, yet it saves you more over the life of the unit on energy costs. If you’re looking to save more on upfront installation, a ducted heat pump may be the way to go. This is especially true if you already have existing ductwork.

But if you are low on space and don’t want to give any up for ductwork, a ductless unit may be the right choice. It really comes down to your unique needs and personal preferences. If you’re not sure which unit is the best choice, our team can help. 

Just schedule an appointment for an in-home assessment and we can review your options with you so you can make the best choice. After all, heat pumps have an average lifespan of 10 to 15 years so it’s a decision you’ll have to live with for a long time.

JMS Air Conditioning and Heating has your back. Call us today to schedule an appointment for heat pump installation in Glendale, CA!

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