What Is a Split Heat Pump System?

Combining air conditioning and heat in one system.

heat pump Talbot County, MD As a homeowner, you know that a home is more than just a collection of rooms. It is a place to create memories and provide comfort for you and your loved ones.

How can you best ensure that your family is comfortable through the hottest days of summer and also in the winter? At Poore’s Propane and Oil, we service and install gas and oil-fired heating equipment, as well as air conditioning products. We’re also providing more and more homes in Talbot County and elsewhere in Central Delmarva with electric heat pump systems.

What is a split heat pump?

A split heat pump is an all-electric heating and cooling system that does not require ductwork. It does not generate heat but rather transfers heat between the outdoor environment and your home.

There are two primary components to a heat pump: an indoor air handler and an outdoor compressor unit. A thin line links the components through your exterior walls. (Multiple air handlers can connect to one outdoor compressor.)

In cold months, the outdoor unit absorbs heat from the air and transfers it inside to warm your home. In hotter months, this process goes in reverse. The indoor air handler absorbs heat from your rooms and then expels it outdoors. Cooled air recirculates into your home, keeping you cool.

What kind of home benefits from a split heat pump?

We have found that homes without ductwork can see significant benefits from a ductless mini-split heat pump system. Older homes that use boiler systems for heat don’t generally have ducts. That can leave homeowners with limited options for cooling equipment. Adding ductwork is expensive, disruptive and can cost you space in your home. Window air conditioners are loud, inefficient and block sunlight.

Split heat pumps are a long-term, effective way to cool these homes — plus provide heating in fall and early winter.

What are the pros and cons of split heat pumps?

There are some definite benefits that come from using a heat pump in your home, including the following:

  • Enjoying both heating and cooling functionality.
  • Not needing to install or maintain ductwork.
  • The flexibility of “zoned heating and cooling,” allowing for customized temperature control in each room.

However, it’s essential to consider the potential drawbacks:

  • The initial financial investment in converting your entire home’s heating system to a heat pump tends to be higher compared to simply upgrading to a more efficient furnace or boiler.
  • With a variety of products available, not all offer the same price range or level of comfort.
  • In extremely cold weather conditions, heat pumps may struggle to adequately warm a home, leading many customers to retain their furnaces or boilers for heat.

Poore’s helps you explore heat pump options!

Are you curious whether a heat pump system is right for your household? The expert HVAC technicians at Poore’s Propane and Oil can look at your existing heating and cooling equipment and discuss what options are available to improve your year-round comfort while minimizing your energy consumption.

Get in touch with our team today to get a home assessment and receive a free estimate.