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5 Common Questions About Heat Pumps Answered

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Advancements in home comfort technology have made mini split heat pumps a viable and popular option for energy efficient heating, and even furnace replacement, for many New England homes.

As mini splits have gained popularity, so have the questions about them from our inquiring customers. At Kearney HVAC, we install mini split heat pumps by Mitsubishi Electric because they offer the best in quality and performance. As the experts in the heating and cooling needs for the greater Newburyport, MA, we have the answers to the five common questions about this new heating and cooling solution for your home.

What is a mini-split heat pump?

A ductless mini split, or a mini split heat pump, is a home heating and cooling system, which means not only does a mini split deliver cold air in the summer, but it also provides heat in the winter. It is comprised of two parts: an outdoor unit that contains the fan system and is charged with a refrigerant, and an indoor unit (mounted on the floor or wall) that delivers the conditioned air. The two units are connected using ductless lines to eliminate any energy loss, which makes mini splits extremely energy efficient.

What’s the difference between a mini-split heat pump and a window AC?

Though window AC units and mini splits may seem similar, there are some very key differences. A window AC unit is comprised of a single unit, fixed in a single room window (which, by the way, can be a potential security threat to your home, as it makes break-ins easier.) It also only cools the room that it is in. A mini split offers both heating and cooling, and is made up of two units. A mini split can also be set up to connect to multiple indoor units to reach more than once room if necessary.

Why would I install a mini-split heat pump?

A mini split is a great addition to your home, even if you already have a furnace and air conditioner in place. Adding a mini split can both heat and cool that hard to reach room in your home, as well as take some of the load off of your existing HVAC system. Mini splits keep your home comfortable and running efficiently.

Can I install a mini-split heat pump myself?

The simple answer: no. Though installing a mini split does not involve the clunky ductwork that a central AC system requires, that does not mean it is a simple task. From proper placement, to calculating the proper sizing, to charging and pressurizing the refrigerant lines to manufacturer specifications, this is a job better left to the professionals.

How much does a mini-split heat pump cost?

Just like most anything, the price of a mini split can vary based on the brand, model, size, and efficiency rating. But generally speaking, you can expect to spend between $1,500 to $2,500 per ton of cooling capacity. This can be a higher initial cost then buying and installing a central AC system, but because a mini split runs significantly more efficient and lasts longer, you will spend less money in the long run.

Additionally, according to MassSave, your mini split may qualify for a rebate of up to $500. Use this link to apply for those savings online.

Get Your Mini Split Heat Pump Installed With Kearney

If you are a homeowner in Newburyport, Boxford, Topsfield, Georgetown, Amesbury, North Hampton, Hampton, or Rye, Kearney HVAC has your mini split needs covered. We are a Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Contractor and install industry leading mini splits by Mitsubishi Electric. For professional installation and service, the experts at Kearney serve the greater north Boston area through southern New Hampshire and get the job right every time.

Are you looking to stay comfortable year round with energy efficient heating and cooling? Contact us to learn more about installing a mini split in your home!