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Can Ductless Heating Take the Place of Your Portable Heater?

Both ductless heating and a portable heater can provide warmth to a specific area of your home. Understanding the features of each will help you make an informed decision on the best way to heat your home.

Ductless Heating

What is a ductless mini split system? The mini split provides both heated and cooled air to a specific room or area of your home, even if there is no ductwork. The system is composed of one or more air handlers, which are inside the home, a condenser, which is outside and a conduit connecting the two.

How does a ductless mini-split heat pump work? Simply put, the ductless heating system transfers heat. In the winter, it extracts heat from the outside air–and believe it or not, in the winter, there is heat in that air. Then it transfers the heat into your home. But that’s not all that a ductless mini-split does. This system can also cool your home by reversing the process. It extracts heat from your indoor air and deposits it outside.

What are the advantages of ductless heating? A ductless mini split can allow you to provide different levels of heat or cooling to different rooms in your home. It therefore allows you to have zoned heating and cooling. Although this is not possible if you have just one air handler, many systems have several air handlers, so each room can have its own temperature.

Portable Heater

What is a portable heater? Portable heating units come in a variety of sizes and provide heated air to the area directly around the heater. Portable heaters can be powered by electricity, natural gas, propane or kerosene. Although it’s possible to use one or more space heaters to continually warm a room that doesn’t have any ductwork, most space heaters are used to heat a small area for a short period of time.

What is the best portable heater for the home? The best portable heater will have safety features, including a thermostat. It should have an Underwriter’s Laboratory seal.

Can Ductless Heating Take the Place of a Portable Heater?

As you can see, a ductless mini-split provides many advantages over a portable heater. It can both heat and cool. It can provide heat that’s far more comfortable than what a space heater can provide, and it can be safer than a portable heater.

For a permanent and efficient solution to the heating and cooling issues in any part of your home that lacks ductwork, contact HVAC & Plumbing Unlimited. We proudly serves homeowners in Prince William, Loudoun and Fairfax counties.

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