Oct 20, 2022

What Is A Split System Heat Pump?

Everyone wants powerful, efficient air comfort in summer and winter. Consider a split system heat pump if you’re in the market for a new home central system. These sophisticated HVAC products can deliver the cooling you want in hot weather. They can also reverse cycle to produce the necessary heat when temperatures drop.

A Split System Heat Pump Is Essentially an Air Conditioner.

Most people are familiar with air conditioners. Whether you have a window unit (yikes) or an extensive central system, you know that if you turn down the thermostat, the house cools down. That’s because the refrigerant cycle inside the air conditioner is moving heat out of your home.

The only difference between a split system heat pump and a regular air conditioner is the ability to reverse the refrigerant cycle. So, instead of just taking the heat out, a split system heat pump can bring the heat back inside when the weather turns colder. This versatility allows a homeowner more effective control over their home comfort.

A heat pump split system is an AC system with a condenser configured as a heat pump on the outside and an air handler/evaporator coil inside. A split system is where one component – the condenser/compressor unit, resides outside the home on a slab, flat roof or landing. The other component, the air handler/evaporator coil, resides inside the house. This configuration is considered the norm for family homes in the US.

Most conventional heat pump systems use air ducts to distribute heating or cooling. A split system heat pump can also be ductless. That allows for one of the split system’s significant advantages. Many models of these systems allow multiple indoor air handlers to be attached to a single outdoor unit. Each indoor air handler can be programmed by individual thermostats, thus keeping individual rooms at their specific temperature. Being able to control separate rooms saves both money and energy.

Without a duct system, the ductless heat pump makes up for the 30% of energy often lost in the ductwork. Instead, the air is distributed directly from the air handler and into the room. Without the restrictions of a duct system, air handlers can be placed anywhere; from the ceiling, the floor, or even on the wall, making them much more flexible in design.

A Split System Heat Pump Can Save You Money.

Most Marylanders need reliable summer cooling and powerful winter heating. However, they also typically have a few months yearly when they need both. Spring and Fall weather can go back and forth between uncomfortably warm and biting cold. Many homeowners can get through winter with a split system heat pump and nothing else. A heat pump will serve consumers who live in hot and cold Maryland.

Most heat pump systems are split systems, but they can be part of a package / self-enclosed system where all components reside within the same protective shell.

The ductless split system heat pump redefines efficiency by removing the duct system necessary in packaged heat pumps and conventional HVAC systems. If you have more questions about heat pumps or would like one installed, contact Clarksville Heating & Air. We also handle repairs.


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