Is It True? Common Concerns About Heat Pumps

You hear a lot about them, a lot of homeowners prefer them, and even a lot of specialists recommend them. Heat pumps have proven to be a popular form of residential heating. However, a lot of homeowners find themselves with some curiosities about these more modern heat systems. You may find yourself questioning whether certain things you hear are true about ductless heat pumps. Here's a look at some of those things you wonder and the answers you should know. 

Is it true you cannot heat with a ductless heat pump on its own?

It is a common misconception that you cannot heat with only a ductless heat pump or that this heating system must be supplemented by a secondary heat source. However, this is not always the case. What is true is heat pumps can have a difficult time producing enough heat during extreme periods of cold weather. Therefore, having a secondary heat source is a good idea, even if it is just a basic space heater. As long as you don't live in an area that experiences long stretches of time with temperatures below freezing, the heat pump should suffice. 

Is it true ductless heat pumps only work in small apartments?

Ductless heat pumps can work in larger homes, but there may have to be more than one system to provide enough heat for the entire floor space. The range of the fan can be limited since there are no ducts to carry the heated air throughout the house. However, because heat pumps are so efficient, it can be worth the extra investment to have more than one system installed at different points in the home. 

Is it true ductless heat pumps can be installed along with an electric system?

You do not have to entirely remove an electric furnace or electric heat system to take advantage of a heat pump system. A lot of homeowners choose to use a heat pump in the main part of the house, such as the dining room, living room, and kitchen, and keep their electric heat systems in place in the smaller rooms or more separated spaces. If you have a central heat system, this can be accomplished by blocking the ducts to the main part of the home. If you have something else, such as baseboard or radiant heat systems in different rooms, you can control the heat in other rooms as needed.