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Are Portable or Ductless Heaters Good for North Carolina

  • January 22, 2014

The (usually) more mild winter conditions in North Carolina make it possible for many residents to get through these months without significant home heating. However, it’s wise to be prepared for unusually low temperatures. When winter storms do com through unexpectedly, it can leave your home feeling uncomfortable. For efficient zoned heating throughout your home, ductless heat can provide a reliable option that will also address home cooling needs in the summer months.

What Is Ductless Heating and Cooling?

Ductless equipment provides you with the benefits of a heat pump while removing the need to use ducts for delivery of hot and cold air to the rooms in your structure. A heat pump is equivalent to an air conditioner in design, adapted so that the refrigerant pressurization and evaporation can be reversed to heat the home in the winter months. Ductless equipment involves individual room units that deliver hot or cold air to the space. These units connect to an outside heat pump with electrical and refrigerant lines.

Benefits of Ductless Equipment

A ductless system can be installed to service a single room or multiple rooms in a home. You can use this for a room addition that doesn’t connect to your ductwork. You can also consider ductless heat for an enclosed garage or attic. If you want to eliminate ducts from your home comfort equation altogether, you can install multiple systems based on the number of rooms and areas to be treated. Ducts are responsible for as much as 40 percent of the costs associated with the operation of central heating and air conditioning equipment, and going ductless can save you a lot of money on energy bills.

Portable vs Ductless Systems

Portable heating choices are more common for those looking for single room solutions for home heating. Enclosed spaces and room additions are often heated with portable equipment. Additionally, homeowners who lack a central heating solution may choose to use portable heaters on chilly days. There have been many advances in the design and development of portable heating units, making it possible to protect your home while keeping comfort levels optimized.

Risks of Portable Heating Units

There are some important considerations if you want to use a portable unit. Fire safety is a huge concern as approximately 900 residential fires per year are attributed to portable heaters. These numbers peak in the month of January each year, tied to dropping temperatures. Approximately half of these incidents are related to improper placement of devices near combustible materials, and more than one-third originate in bedrooms. Safe use of portable units is a priority.

Ductless equipment can be more expensive to purchase and install. However, the dual use options of a ductless unit allow you to obtain more than just limited heating activity for your investment. Your unit can provide many years of service. Proper professional placement ensures that you won’t have to worry about your heating source being too close to bedding or other combustible materials.

Consult with a Ductless Expert

The team at Comfort Services, Inc. is ready to provide an estimate if you are thinking about ductless installation for a single room or for your entire home. We can explain efficiency and air quality benefits that are possible when you go ductless as well. Contact our office to set up an appointment for your Southern Pines, NC.