Oregon Ductless Heat Pumps FAQ
Providing Important Information about Ductless Systems
If this is your first time hearing about ductless heat pumps or air conditioners, let Oregon Ductless provide all the important information you need. We bring with us over 21 years of experience working on various ductless heating and cooling in Portland and the surrounding areas. Our technicians are also trained extensively as Daikin 3D Dealers and Mitsubishi Diamond Contractors. In short, we are your trusted experts for anything and everything ductless-related.
To get you started, read our answers to frequently asked questions by our past customers below. If you have other questions, however, please feel free to reach out to us at (503) 755-5332!
What is a ductless heating and cooling system?
As the name connotes, ductless systems are highly efficient, zonal heating and cooling that requires no ductwork. Ductless systems consist of one or more indoor air handler units and an outdoor compressor unit linked by a refrigerant line. Each air handler creates a separate heating and cooling zone in various areas of a home and can be controlled independently.
What are the best applications for ductless systems?
One of the most popular applications of ductless systems is for homes without built-in air ducts. This is common in older homes that usually have baseboard heaters as their main source of heating. In fact, many of our customers are homeowners wanting to replace their baseboard heating with the safer and more energy-efficient ductless system.
Other applications for ductless systems include:
- New room additions
- New construction
- Garages, attics, and other rooms that can’t be reached by the existing ductwork
How does a ductless system work and how is it controlled?
Ductless systems are basically heat pumps that offer both heating and cooling year-round. During the winter, ductless heat pumps work by pulling warm air from the outside and transferring it inside. In the summer, the system reverses directions and pull warm air from inside and transfer it outside to keep your home cool.
Are ductless systems efficient?
Ductless systems are highly efficient, lowering your energy consumption by 25 - 50%.
Here are three key factors that account for the efficiency of ductless systems:
- The zoning feature of ductless systems allows you to only heat or cool the rooms in your home that are usually occupied.
- Central heating and air systems are notorious for losing as much as 30% efficiency due to air leaks or improper ductwork insulation. With a ductless system, there is no energy loss because there is no ductwork involved.
- Modern ductless systems are more efficient than the systems released 10 years ago, boasting higher SEER and HSPF ratings.
How long have ductless systems been around?
Ductless systems were first developed in Japan during the 1970s. Since then, ductless systems have become the preferred heating and cooling throughout Asia and some parts of Europe. In the United States, however, ductless systems have just been around for over 20 years.
How much does a ductless system cost?
The average cost of a ductless system including the installation is around $4000, and that is for a single air handler only. Adding more air handlers and choosing models with greater heating capacities increases the price further. While the upfront cost may seem discouraging, highly efficient ductless systems can practically pay for themselves in savings. Additionally, Oregon Ductless offers flexible financing options to help you with this investment.
How long will a ductless system last?
With proper maintenance and care, your ductless systems can last for more than 20 years. In fact, many ductless systems we installed during the 1980s are still functioning well today.
What kind of maintenance does a ductless system require?
Like other heating and cooling systems, ductless heat pumps require regular maintenance (once or twice a year or as stated in the manufacturer’s warranty) to ensure peak performance. Although basic maintenance such as keeping the coils and filters clean can easily be done by you, it is also crucial that you seek professional maintenance from Oregon Ductless to catch potential issues early and keep the manufacturer’s warranty intact.
How do I know what size of system my house needs?
Correct sizing is one of the most important factors to consider when purchasing heating and cooling systems, including ductless heat pumps. When the system is too small, it will fail to provide the total home comfort you deserve. Meanwhile, when it’s too large, the ductless system will only waste energy heating or cooling your home. Our Oregon ductless experts can carefully assess the requirements of your space or entire home and help you find the right size of ductless system.