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Ductless Systems vs. Portable Heaters

Friday, November 15, 2013

As the weather gets colder, some Virginians are looking for home heating solutions. You may be wondering what differences there are between ductless heating systems and portable heaters. Keep reading to find out what each of these heating solutions does and which is better for your home.

Portable Heaters

Portable heaters, also known as space heaters, are generally used to supplement an inadequate main heating system or when central heating can't be installed. They can also be an efficient way to heat small rooms that aren't often occupied or to provide extra heating for those especially sensitive to the cold. Most space heaters work by convection and are powered by electricity, propane, natural gas or kerosene.

What's the best portable heater for the home? Choose a newer model with all current safety features. Furthermore, unvented combustion heaters aren't recommended for use inside the home because they emit toxins into the air. When using a portable heater, it's important to follow the manufacturer's safety guidelines, as portable heaters are a leading cause of household fires and burn injuries.

Ductless Systems

Ductless heating systems are a good choice when you need to heat the whole house but can't install ductwork in your home. They're often used to retrofit older homes or in new room additions.

Similar to conventional heat pumps, ductless mini splits are made up of an indoor air handler and an outdoor compressor component. A conduit linking the two components contains refrigerant and a condensate drain. Because the conduit typically requires only a three-inch hole through the wall, ductless systems are easier to install and more flexible than other heating systems. Indoor air handlers can be installed on a wall or set into a ceiling. They also allow homeowners to control individual sections of the home with separate thermostats, saving energy by only heating occupied areas.

For professional, reliable ductless heating systems installation, contact us today to find a Virginia Mitsubishi Electric contractor in your area.

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