Ductless Mini-Split Heat Pumps for an Apartment
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Cold-climate air source heat pumps use electricity to provide 2-in-1 heating and cooling that is safe, sustainable, and versatile.
Cold-climate heat pumps distribute gentle, steady streams of warm (or cool) air to keep you comfortable — even on the hottest summer days and the coldest winter nights.
Lower Energy Bills
The monthly cost of heating and cooling your apartment with a heat pump is typically less than oil, propane, or electric resistance heating (such as baseboards).
Zoned heating and cooling allows you to set different areas of your apartment to different temperatures.
Sustainable heating and cooling that is up to 3x more efficient than traditional fuel systems.
Heat Pumps require less maintenance, fewer service calls, and no fuel deliveries.
You may qualify for incentives from your electric utility company to lower your costs.
Safety and Peace of Mind
No more flames or fumes. Heat pumps can improve your home’s indoor air quality and reduce your risk of carbon monoxide poisoning by not burning fossil fuels.
Cleaner and Greener
Not only are heat pumps good for your wallet, they are good for the planet too. Heat pumps use electricity to heat and cool your home, reducing your carbon footprint when compared to a system that requires you to directly burn fossil fuels and emit carbon.
- Ductless mini-split heat pumps give you the option to install either a whole-home system, which addresses all your heating and cooling needs, or a partial-home solution, which supplements your current HVAC system to provide heating and cooling for specific areas, such as additions or individual rooms that always seem too hot or cold.
- To get the most out of your heat pump, check with your landlord or condo board to make sure your building has been professionally air sealed and insulated.
- You will need to install a condenser unit outside your building. If you have a balcony or patio, this can be a convenient place.
- There are different types of ductless “heads” and various design options for where they can go. Your installer will recommend the best units and installation design for your home.
- Your electric service may need to be upgraded to support your new heat pump.
- Depending on the terms of your lease, you may need to check with your property manager or building owner before making any decisions.
- Did you know that you may be able to use a heat pump for your home’s hot water needs as well? This can help you save even more energy.
Cost may vary by region, installation complexity, installer experience, system size, efficiency, and manufacturer.
- Rebates are available when you work with a participating New York State Clean Heat contractor — check to see what you may qualify for.
- New York State has low-interest financing options available to help make the purchase and installation of a heat pump more affordable.
- Ductless heat pumps do not require you to install any ductwork. They are often the simplest and least expensive heat pump systems to install.
- Your overall heating costs will likely decrease if switching from oil, propane, or electric resistance heating (such as baseboards).
- If you previously heated with fuel, don’t be surprised to see electric bills increase. However, your fuel bills will drop or disappear, which may offset the increase to your electric bills.
- As is the case with any heating system, efficient buildings that have been professionally air sealed and insulated have much lower operating costs.
- Air source heat pumps are more efficient than other air conditioning systems, saving you more money during the summer.
- Air source heat pumps last about 15 years and require minimal maintenance.
- What size units do I need? Ask for room-by-room heating and cooling calculations.
- Can the heat pump you are recommending sufficiently heat my home, or is an additional system needed?
- Is the heat pump you are recommending on the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnership (NEEP) cold-climate product list? Note: It is reasonable to ask your installer for a copy of the spec sheet from the NEEP website.
- How many ductless heads will I need and what is the best location for each one? Can we avoid heads directly above where people eat or sleep?
- What are my best placement options for the outdoor unit(s)?
- Will I need to update my electric service?
- How long will installation take? Where and when will you need access?
- How do I operate my system for optimal comfort and efficiency?
- What maintenance is required? How often should I clean or change air filters? Is annual service needed?
- What is the expected lifespan and warranty?
- How can I make any additional upgrades to my home, such as adding insulation or air sealing, to prepare for a heat pump? Do you have an insulation contractor I can work with?
- Is my home a good fit for a heat pump water heater as well? Do you have a contractor I can work with for this additional project?
Find an expert to help with your residential heat pump project. Incentives may be available from your electric utility company when you work through a NYS Clean Heat participating contractor.