G & S Heating Cooling & Electric Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Ductless Heating’

Need a New Heater? Go Ductless!

Monday, December 18th, 2017

ductless-blowerIn our previous post, we talked about how a heat pump can help you to heat your home with greater energy efficiency.  We also talked about how our climate here in the Pacific Northwest is particularly well-suited for the use of a heat pump. Today, we want to talk about a specific type of heat pump that can offer even greater, more unique benefits. The system in question is the ductless mini split, and it can revolutionize the way in which you heat your home.

Read on to learn more about what makes the ductless mini split such an innovative heating option, and how it is that the system operates. Then, give us a call to have your new system installed in your home. Regardless of whether or not you choose to use a ductless mini split in Mukilteo, WA, you can count on our experts to install your new heating system properly.  You deserve great comfort, and that’s what we have to offer. 

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Take Heat Pump Technology Further with a Ductless Mini Split

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

If you’ve read our blog before, you no doubt realize how big of fans we are of heat pumps. Washington really is an ideal climate for these incredibly efficient heating/cooling systems. Did you know, though, that is a way in which you can squeeze even greater efficiency out of this already great technology?

It’s getting late in the year for a heating installation or replacement, but if you’ve got one on your mind, you should really give ductless heating some consideration. Below are some of the benefits unique to ductless mini splits. If you think that using a ductless heating/cooling system in Snohomish, WA may be right for you, give a member of our team a call to schedule an installation.

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Why Heat My Home Without Ductwork?

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

Most homeowners use ductwork with their heating systems, in order to distribute heated air throughout their homes. Furnaces are the most common form of forced air heaters, though air-source heat pumps are also very common in this part of the country. If your home doesn’t have ductwork, though, or if you’re interested in avoiding some of the issues common with ducted systems, you can heat your house without its use. 

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3 Reasons to Go Ductless

Monday, February 15th, 2016

A majority of homeowners use forced air distribution based heating and air conditioning systems, including traditional central air conditioners, heat pumps, and furnaces. These systems are all great in their own ways, but the fact of the matter is that ductwork can prove to be problematic. Some homeowners may simply not have existing ductwork, or own homes that cannot accommodate the installation of ductwork. Whatever the situation may be, there is another option. Consider the use of a ductless mini split system in Everett, WA. Read on to learn about just a few of the benefits that you’ll enjoy thanks to this technology.

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Can I Heat My Home Sans Ductwork?

Thursday, December 24th, 2015

If you want to heat your home without ductwork, there is always radiant heating to consider. This is far from your only option, though. Many homeowners appreciate the comfort that forced air heating allows for, and the swiftness with which that comfort is generated. If you want to enjoy that kind of comfort but don’t want to use ductwork in order to do so, then you are well-advised to consider the use of ductless mini splits in Everett, WA. Using ductless mini splits to heat your home can actually benefit you in a few different ways, as you’ll see below. Be sure to have your ductless mini splits installed and serviced by G & S Heating Cooling & Electric.

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3 Ways in Which Ductless Heating May Benefit You

Monday, October 19th, 2015

While Washington may not get the extreme weather that certain other areas of the country do during the winter season, we certainly experience plenty of cold temperatures. That is why you must have a great heating system installed in your home. With all of the quality heaters available for installation in this day and age, there really is no reason to live in discomfort when the temperature outside begins to fall. If you’ve not yet considered using a ductless heating system in Everett, WA, then now is the time to do so. Not only are ductless heaters quite convenient and effective, but such a system may benefit you financially as well. Contact G & S Heating Cooling & Electric to learn more.

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Can I Heat My Home Without Ductwork?

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

Forced air distribution based heating systems, such as the furnace, tend to be the most popular heating options in residential applications. This is not to say, of course, that you must use ductwork in order to distribute heat throughout your home. In fact, doing so actually has some drawbacks, including energy loss via air leaks and, of course, the need for ductwork installation in the first place. The good news for those homeowners looking to forgo the use of ductwork in their homes is that there are alternatives to consider. The boiler, for instance, relies upon steam radiators or a radiant heating distribution system. If you really want to stick with forced air, though, a ductless heating system in Everett, WA is probably just what you are looking for. Read on, and contact G & S Heating Cooling & Electric with any questions that you may have. 

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Is Ductless a Good Option for Heating This Winter?

Monday, December 8th, 2014

Many homes are built with a network of ducts for heating and cooling purposes. Your heater or air conditioner conditions the air so that a fan can move it through the ductwork and into your home with ease. But what are your options for heating and cooling if your house or new room addition doesn’t have any ducts? Well, you can add ductwork to the structure of the building. However, this type of renovation takes up a lot of time and space you may not be able to spare.

Besides, ductwork can end up causing a lot of trouble for homeowners. Ducts have been known to form holes and cracks over time or have an inefficient design that allows air to escape. When it does, you get decreased performance and end up paying for warm air that doesn’t ever make it into your living space.

Ductless mini splits are highly efficient heating and air conditioning systems that work just as well as any standard air conditioner or heat pump—but with the added benefit of no ducts. You’ll need someone to install an outdoor unit and multiple indoor units for a standard home. The indoor air handler is mounted high on the wall or ceiling to blow air directly into the room. It connects to the outside via a refrigerant line.

Refrigerant travels from the outside compressor, through the outdoor coil, and into the indoor coil. What makes it so efficient is that it doesn’t actually generate heat; it only moves it from place to place, which requires little energy. In the summer, refrigerant absorbs heat from the air in your home and moves it outside. In the winter, it absorbs heat from outdoors to bring inside. Besides, you get the added benefit of zone control with a ductless system. Since you have multiple indoor units, each one can be controlled with its own thermostat.

A ductless heating system could struggle somewhat if temperatures drop too low. However, this is usually not the case in the Everett area. Your technician can give you information and advice about how to supplement your ductless unit with another form of heating in case you live in an area where temperatures tend to drop much lower.

Call G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. to learn how you can get quality ductless heating in Everett or for professional repairs or maintenance.

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The Benefits of Ductless Heating

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Looking for a new home heating solution that won’t require major renovations? Ductless heating may be the right choice for you. In fact, there are many benefits that go along with an absence. Let’s take a look at a few of these benefits and how these unique systems work.

How Ductless Works

Ductless systems don’t need ducts because individual air handlers are mounted throughout the home with their own blower fans. Ductless systems use a refrigeration process to heat and cool the home. Refrigerant absorbs heat from the indoors in the summer in order to release it outside. In the winter, refrigerant pulls heat from the outdoors to move it inside. The indoor air handler contains a coil and a blower fan. Generally, you need multiple units to cool or heat the entire home.

The Benefits of Going Ductless

  • No Ductwork: One huge benefit of ductless heating is the lack of ductwork. Ducts are notorious for poor insulation or for developing cracks and holes, causing warm air to leak out over time. This means you spend a lot more on heating or cooling than is necessary as warm air moves into the attic or other hidden areas instead of directly into your home. Besides, adding ductwork can be costly and time-consuming, while ductless installation only requires drilling a small hole in the wall for the refrigerant line.
  • High Efficiency: Ductless systems may save money because there is no ductwork, but the technology may also be more efficient than other ducted systems. Ductless heating systems have an extremely high SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) for cooling and a high HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor). This is because moving heat around is more efficient than generating heat.
  • Zone Control: A final benefit that comes standard with any ductless system is zone control. Each air handler is wired to its own thermostat, so you can adjust the temperature separately in each area of the home. This keeps your family members comfortable in any part of the house and helps you save on your heating bills; simply turn off the heat in any room you’re not using!

For more on ductless heating in Everett, call the experts at G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. today!

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Do Ductless Heating Repairs Differ from Standard Heating Repairs?

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Ductless heating and cooling systems (a.k.a. ductless mini split heat pumps) operate in a similar fashion to a standard central heat pump: they circulate refrigerant between indoor and outdoor units, and the evaporation and condensation along the coils moves heat from one location to another. For heating, the systems absorb heat from the outside air and then move it to the indoor units where it is released to warm up the inside of homes.

The difference between ductless mini splits and standard heat pumps is the delivery system for the conditioned air. Where a standard heat pump uses a single indoor unit, which is hooked up to the ventilation system, a ductless mini split heat pump has multiple smaller indoor units, or blowers, mounted in different rooms throughout a house. The blowers send the conditioned air straight into the rooms, bypassing the need for ductwork.

Does this difference mean that ductless systems have different repair requirements? Yes, but only to a limited extent, as we’ll explain. Whatever ductless heating repairs you need to keep your system running, call G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. today.

The Repair Needs of Ductless Systems

Most of the standard repairs for a central heat pump with ducts apply to a ductless system as well because both are heat pumps. The outdoor units are identical. Ductless systems can need fan repairs, motor replacements, coil cleanings, refrigerant recharging, and electrical re-wiring.

There are a few differences, however:

  • Ductless systems do not need duct repairs: The lack of ductwork gives a ductless mini split heat pump a great advantage: no need to worry about sealing duct breaks—or any duct repairs!
  • Outdoor line repair: Each of the blowers in a ductless system hooks up to the outdoor unit separately with a bundled refrigerant, condensate, and power line. This means that a ductless system has a higher chance of developing problems with these connections, while a standard system only has one bundle of lines to worry about.
  • Blower unit mounting: The indoor blower units can sometimes experience condensate or refrigerant leaks that get between the wall and the back of the unit. This can create damage to the wall and may even cause the unit to fall from its mounting. During regular maintenance, a technician will inspect the blower units to make sure there is no danger of any of the units falling from the walls.

Ducts or No Ducts… Call for Repair Professionals

Heat pumps of any type are complex machines and need special training to handle correctly. Don’t try to troubleshoot problems on your own; leave the cabinets closed and don’t climb a step ladder to fiddle with the blowers. Instead, call G&S Heating, Cooling & Electrical, Inc. and talk to our experts in ductless heating repairs in Mill Creek, WA. We have worked on heat pumps of all types since 1977.

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