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TYPES OF HEAT PUMPS
Whether you need to heat or cool a specific room, or need a solution for your whole home, there’s a heat pump to fit your needs. The type of system you choose will depend on your home, the type of heating system your home currently has, and if you’re building new. The best way to find the right system for your home is with a licensed, preferred contractor.
Ductless Systems (“Mini-Splits”)
If your home is heated using baseboards, hot water, wood heat or older-style hot water radiators, then your home most likely doesn't have ductwork throughout it. In this case, a ductless mini-split system might be perfect. In a ductless system, indoor units are wall-mounted in the rooms they will heat and cool.
If your home had a traditional oil forced air heat, or if you're building new, then a ducted heat pump might be right for you. This system takes advantage of your existing forced air ductwork and distributes heated (or cooled) air through it. An outdoor unit extracts heat from their air (even in the winter), which is connected to an indoor unit to distribute the air throughout the home.
Most heat pumps are "air source", which means they use the air outside of the home whereas geothermal systems are "ground source". Rather than using the outside air, geothermal systems take heat from (and dump heat into) the ground.
Typically, geothermal heat pump systems are considered for new construction, rather than an add-on to an existing system or home.
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