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Stay Comfortable in Colder Climates With a Ductless System

Monday, March 10, 2014

With advances in ductless technology in recent years, more homeowners are discovering the heating capabilities of these mighty mini heat pump systems. In fact, using ductless systems in colder climates can lower the heating bill and provide superior comfort zoned to fit the lifestyle of household members.

Performance Factors

Ductless technologies have improved for all aspects of ductless heat pump heating and cooling, which include the following:

  • Sensors monitor temperatures of the heat-exchange coils and indoor and outdoor temperatures to promote maximum heating and cooling performance.
  • Multiple-speed fans both instigate heat energy transfer at the coils and provide smooth and comfortable air circulation to the zone.
  • Advanced air filtration components keep the coil and other components clean for optimal performance, in addition to providing healthful indoor air quality.
  • High-efficiency refrigerant (Puron) performs at higher pressures than the former industry-standard R-22 (Freon), which allows for greater control and management of indoor temperatures.

Variable Capacity Heating

Variable-speed compressors with inverter-driven technology are at the heart of Mitsubishi ductless systems’ performance. Inverter compressors manipulate refrigerant flow in precise amounts to optimize heat energy transfer. This provides continuous comfort in the living spaces with the ability to maintain temperatures at the thermostat set point, and saves electricity with lower output speeds.

Variable capacity heating makes using ductless systems in colder climates feasible. With variable compressor rotation speeds, an inverter compressor can fully maximize the ability of high-efficiency Puron to extract, move and release heat energy, even when outdoor temperatures are at or near zero degrees Fahrenheit. As a bonus, longer and slower cycles produce much less noise than conventional heat pumps.

Installation Considerations

Your Mitsubishi Electric Contractor should consider the following points for installation:

  • The outdoor cabinet should be installed in a shaded area, if possible.
  • Shield the cabinet from water run-off from the roof or leaky gutters. A protective covering can also shield against freezing rain.
  • Wall mounting is an option, and you won't need to be concerned about snow accumulation hindering free airflow.

For more information about ductless systems, contact us to speak with a certified Mitsubishi Electric Contractor near your Virginia home.

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