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What Is a Heat Pump Split System?

Ductless heating and cooling could be right for your home.

heat pump Medfield, MA Remember the fairy tale about Goldilocks and the three bears? There was a bed that was too big, one that was too small and one that was just right.

Like Goldilocks looking for the perfect bed, many Needham Oil Complete Heating & Cooling customers are looking for the “just right” HVAC system to keep them comfortable in the iciest days of winter and the most sweltering summer afternoons. Some are looking at heat pump split systems.

In Medfield and throughout our service region of Middlesex and Norfolk counties, the Needham Oil Complete Heating & Cooling team helps folks match HVAC equipment to their homes.

Traditional HVAC Equipment vs. Heat Pumps

When you think of traditional HVAC systems, some of the following pieces of equipment may come to mind:

  • Boilers that transfer steam or hot water to radiators and baseboards to heat a home
  • Furnaces, which heat air and distribute it through ductwork
  • Central air conditioning systems, which distribute cool air through ductwork

Furnaces and central air conditioning systems can typically use the same ductwork. Households with boilers often don’t have ducts, and they may end up resorting to window A/C units in hotter months.

That’s where a heat pump split system comes in. Heat pumps don’t generate heat. Instead, they move heat between the inside and outside of your home. In the summer, a heat pump draws in warm air from inside your rooms and transfers the heat outdoors, returning cooled air to your home. In the winter, this process goes in reverse, with the heat pump drawing heat from outside and bringing it indoors.

Heat pump split systems can do this without ductwork. They comprise an outdoor compressor/condenser unit and multiple indoor air handling units connected by thin pipes in your walls.

Benefits of Heat Pump Mini-Splits

Many of our customers find heat pumps to provide considerable advantages, including the following:

  • Permanent cooling and supplemental heat. For homes with boilers, heat pump mini-splits offer a long-term alternative to window A/Cs. Plus, you can reduce your heating oil or gas usage by using your heat pump for warmth in the fall and early winter.
  • Zoned heating and cooling. The individual air handlers in your home work independently. This allows you to keep different “zones” at various temperatures, leading to more efficient and cost-effective heating and cooling.
  • Easy, adaptable installation. We can typically install a whole-home split system in a day or less. Plus, ductless heat pump products can be sized and positioned to meet your precise needs. Many homes with central heating and cooling use them for climate control in individual rooms.

Potential Drawback of Heat Pumps

Heat pumps are not a perfect heating and cooling solution for all homes. If you already have a high-efficiency furnace and central A/C system, converting to a heat pump could be an unnecessary expense. Like all HVAC equipment, heat pump products are pricy investments.

Additionally, some heat pumps struggle to supply sufficient heat on freezing nights. This can be an issue in our part of Eastern Massachusetts. That’s why many of our customers choose to hold onto their gas- or oil-powered heating equipment even after installing a heat pump.

Needham Oil Complete Heating & Cooling — We Are Heat Pump Experts!

We have extensive experience installing furnaces, boilers, central A/C and heat pump split systems. If you’re trying to decide what HVAC option is best for your home, our expert team can find the “just right” option. Not only that, but we’ll install the equipment promptly and safely. We can also service it for years to come, ensuring your family is always Completely comfortable.

When you work with the Needham Oil team, you can be confident we’ll improve your home comfort while lowering your energy expenses. Reach out to us for a FREE estimate.