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

Monday, August 14th, 2023

If you’re considering getting a heat pump for your home, that’s great! But you’ve still got some research to do. Can it fully replace both your air conditioner and your heating system? What are the options? What are ducted and ductless heat pumps, and what are the benefits of each? Knowing these details will help you make a decision you’ll be happy with long term. 

Getting the Right Size System

Before you settle on a specific heat pump, some calculations need to be made. A qualified technician can assess the size and layout of your home to determine the size of the heat pump system you need. Just like a traditional central air conditioner, a heat pump must be chosen to precisely fit the needs of the home.

If it’s either too large and powerful, or too small and not powerful enough, extra wear and tear and strain on the compressor will occur, increasing the likelihood that the heat pump will need frequent repairs, and shortening the life expectancy of the system.

Heating Potential

Because heat pumps transfer heat from one location to another rather than generating heat, they are the most efficient option that exists for home heating. And it doesn’t need to be warm in order for the system to bring warmth into your home—the outdoor air just needs to be warmer than the very cold refrigerant.

In temperatures as low as 40 °F, heat pumps maintain this incredible efficiency, so spring and fall heating costs can be reduced dramatically. But our winters drop well below that temperature, sometimes for weeks at a time! We’ve got good news, though. A dual-fuel system can provide auxiliary heat as needed during the deepest winter chill. You can also consider a cold-weather heat pump that works efficiently in colder temperatures.

Ducted Vs Ductless

If your home already has a system of ductwork, the simplest heat pump installation would make use of that existing framework and continue to use the ducts to convey heat throughout your home. If your home has no ductwork, or the ductwork is in very poor condition, you might consider a ductless mini split alternative in Boston.

This involves making a small hole in your exterior wall for the conduit which contains refrigerant, drainage, and power lines. Inside your home, air handlers are mounted on walls in separate parts of the home, each with its own thermostat for zone control, further reducing energy waste by only heating or cooling as necessary.

If your home does have ductwork and you’d like to continue to use it, you should have it inspected to see if any sealing or repair is necessary. While the operating cost of a ductless system is lower, the inconvenience and expense of the more complex installation might affect your choice as well.

Specific recommendations based on your home, your needs, and your budget can be provided by a member of our team to help you decide how to move forward.

Reach out to Cooling Unlimited, Inc. to speak with qualified heat pump experts.

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AC Problems that Can’t Wait

Monday, June 19th, 2023

Air conditioner issues, especially when they happen during a heat wave, are extremely unpleasant. When an AC unit starts acting up, the first thing you’ll worry is that it’s going to break down completely and leave you sweltering. In some cases, getting an immediate repair can mean the difference between continuing to have air conditioning and having to replace the unit entirely. But how do you know whether your problem is one of those cases? We’ll give you some pointers to help gauge when an AC issue calls for emergency repair, and when you can safely wait for a scheduled appointment.

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Is Your Water Heater in Need of Repairs?

Monday, March 5th, 2018

water-heater-repairWater heaters, particularly traditional tank water heaters, are a staple of most homes in the area, and are absolutely vital to keeping your home running. Hot water is essential to cooking and cleaning, especially in the winter when the weather is cold and you need the water heater to do its job. Tank water heaters are usually very quiet, and they typically are placed in quiet out-of-the-way spots in your home, such as the basement. That’s one of the reasons why the tank model of water heating is so popular.

Unfortunately, that can be a double-edged sword in many cases. Because the system is so quiet and occupies spots that rarely see much activity in your home, problems with our water heater have a way of sneaking up on you. By the time you notice that something’s wrong, the damage could be extensive, and in many cases, it might mean replacing the whole water tank instead of just repairing it. If you want to prevent that and keep your water heater safe, you need to know if it’s in need of repairs as soon as humanly possible.

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How to Prep Your Generator for a Crisis

Monday, August 8th, 2016

We can’t always tell when trouble is coming, and one of the benefits of a back-up generator is that it responds on short notice when electricity is suddenly lost in your Boston, MA home. But sometimes you get a few days’ warning that trouble is on the way — an ominous weather report for example — and even when the unexpected strikes, you can do yourself a lot of favors simply by checking your generator on a regular basis and ensuring that it’s ready to go when you need it. Here’s a short list to follow if you get a heads up about a potential crisis.

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3 Things to Consider When Buying a New Generator

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

A new generator can be a huge boon to homes in the Andover, MA area. Our civic grid can withstand a lot, but Mother Nature always has the final word. A generator can be perfect for keeping your home safe and comfortable in a crisis, and if you’re decided to add one to your home, we can install it and keep it serviced so that it’s ready to go whenever you need it. But once you’ve made the decision to install one, you need to consider a few things carefully before determining which system is right for your home. We’ve laid out the three most important below.

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Check Out Our Blog for the Latest in HVAC Technology

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

Be sure to bookmark the Cooling Unlimited, Inc. blog for updates on the latest advances in HVAC technology.

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Call Cooling Unlimited, Inc. for all your air conditioning, heating, indoor air quality, water heaters, generators, new construction, and commercial service needs.

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Welcome to Our New Website

Thursday, September 24th, 2015

iMarket Solutions has launched Cooling Unlimited, Inc. new custom website. To learn more about how iMarket Solutions can expand your presence on the web visit:

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