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What’s the Difference Between Ducted & Ductless Heat Pumps?


As more and more homeowners are making the switch to heat pumps, there are still people who aren’t aware of their benefits. Perhaps you’ve tried researching them and your initial results have left you with more questions than answers.

We understand that heat pump pumps can be a bit confusing. That’s why we’re going to go over the differences in this blog. Keep reading to learn more. And feel free to call us with any questions about heat pumps or the heat pump service we provide. We’re happy to explain the differences and recommend a system based on your needs.

The Name “Heat pump” Can Be Confusing

Here in Georgia, with our hot and humid summers, many people become confused by the name “heat pump” when they search for air conditioning options. Heat pumps got that name because they work by pumping heat from one location to another. But rest assured that a heat pump will provide both air conditioning and heating.

What’s the Difference Between Ducted & Ductless Heat Pumps?

You may have also seen references to ductless heat pumps and ducted heat pumps. So what’s the difference? In this case, the names are appropriate. Here’s the difference:

  • Ductless heat pumps don’t require ductwork to be installed and to work. 
  • Ducted heat pumps do require ductwork. 

It helps to think of a ducted heat pump as having a similar setup to a central AC: there’s an indoor unit and an outdoor unit. You could even call a central AC ducted AC if that helps!

So What’s a Mini Split?

Here’s another term causing confusion among homeowners. But having read this far, it’ll help you to know that mini splits are also called “ductless mini split systems.” So, a mini split is simply a ductless heat pump. 

Which System Is Best for Me?

Well, the first thing to think about when choosing between systems is your ductwork! If your home doesn’t have ductwork, going with a ductless mini split is a much better option because you won’t have to pay to have ductwork installed.

If your home is old and your ductwork is full of holes and tears, then ductless is the way to go. But if your home is newer and your ductwork is in great shape, then a ducted heat pump might be the better choice.

Keep in mind that a mini split system will be more expensive to purchase and installed. With a ducted heat pump, all we need to do is install the indoor and outdoor units. 

However, a mini split system requires installing individual air handlers on multiple rooms and zones of your home. It’s also a lot more equipment to purchase upfront which is why the initial purchase price can be higher. 

We hope we’ve cleared up the confusing surrounding “heat pumps.” Contact us with any lingering questions you may have.

Contact the team at American Comfort Heating and Cooling for heat pump service in Winder, GA. Bringing Comfort to America, One Home at a Time.

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