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Standard, Ductless, or Geothermal: Which Heat Pump is For You?


When it comes to choosing a heat pump for your home you have a few options. Choosing the right one will depend on your home’s heating needs, how much you want to pay upfront and what kind of energy savings you are looking for. A heat pump is a dual purpose HVAC unit, serving as an air conditioner that cools your home when the harsh summer heat arrives and a furnace, working in reverse to provide heat to your home during our frigid winters.

If you’re interested in installing an energy-efficient heat pump in your home, Ehlers Heating & Air Conditioning is the Michigan area company you can count on!

Types of Heat Pumps

There are three main kinds of heat pumps that you may want to consider having installed, these are;

  • Standard Heat Pump
  • Ductless Heat Pump
  • Geothermal Heat Pump

We will discuss how these heat pumps work and what their major differences are to help you gain some understanding on what may work best for your home.

Standard Heat Pumps

A standard heat pump uses your home’s HVAC vents and a single unit outside. It works by moving heat from the air outside and pumping it into your home and in the summer months it can remove the heat from the air inside your home, transferring the warm air outside.

Standard heat pumps use just one system to both heat and cool your home, meaning that you no longer have to replace or pay for the upkeep on separate heating and cooling systems. They are much more energy efficient than your regular heating and cooling system.

Standard heat pumps are less expensive to install than ductless or geothermal systems however they do use more energy than these two alternative heat pump options.

Ductless Heat Pumps

Ductless heat pumps have a unit both inside and outside, they do not use your main forced air system. They provide zoned heating and cooling through individual indoor units. Individual indoor units can be connected to one single outdoor unit or you can have separate indoor/outdoor units for each space.

Ductless systems give you the advantage of being able to control the temperature in each space. This means you can have one room at 65 degrees and another at 70 degrees. Compared to a standard heat pump they offer better efficiency and cleaner air flow, thanks to the fact that the air is not carried through vents.

The drawbacks of a ductless system is that they can be noisier, the unit is hung on your inside wall so it can be easily seen and they can be more expensive than standard systems to install.

Geothermal Heat Pumps

Geothermal heat pumps work by transferring warm air from the earth’s core into your home. As the earth’s temperature is stable at around 50 degrees your system does not have to work as hard at heating the air passing through before distributing into your home. In summer, it transfers the air from your home deep into the earth.

Geothermal heat pumps are incredibly efficient and can save you up to 80% on your home’s heating costs. They are considered to be one of the most environmentally friendly ways to heat and cool your home and systems often outlive their general lifespan.

Installing a geothermal system is a lot more expensive than installing a ductless or standard system, however, many homeowners consider the savings over the life of the product worth it.

Contact Ehlers Heating & Air Conditioning for Heat Pump Services

Heat pumps can be a great way to heat and cool your home while saving money on your energy bills. If you would like to learn more about heat pumps, our skilled team can assist you! When you call Ehlers Heating & Air Conditioning for heat pump installation, you’ll get expert installation as well as outstanding service.

At Ehlers Heating & Air Conditioning, we’ve been providing high quality heat pump installation services to your neighbors for over 50 years. Contact us for a FREE heat pump installation estimate today!

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