Are Heat Pumps a Good Heating & Cooling Option in Atlanta? (Spoiler: Yes!)
Homeowners throughout Atlanta – and all North Georgia – have options beyond the familiar air conditioner and furnace combination for year-round indoor comfort. In fact, according to Georgia Power, about half of all Georgia homes use a heat pump.
What exactly is a heat pump?
A heat pump is a single system that both heats and cools your indoor space. For cooling, it works much like a traditional air conditioner. It moves, or pumps, hot indoor air over a refrigerant, which absorbs the heat and cools the air. It then circulates this cool air into your home.
The way it heats, however, is very different from a traditional furnace. Instead of producing heat by burning a fuel, such as natural gas or propane, the heat pump pulls out thermal energy (aka heat) from the outdoor air and pumps it into your home. While a heat pump is not a good heating choice for areas that have long, cold winters, like the upper Midwest, it can be a great option in our Atlanta climate.
Why the ductless mini-split is a popular type of heat pump in Atlanta homes.
While there are different types of heat pumps, the ductless mini-split offers flexibility and a customizable heating and cooling experience, as well as other benefits.
- No Ductwork Needed. Unlike with forced-air heating and cooling systems, the ductless mini-split does not use ductwork. This eliminates a significant source of conditioned air loss and saves space, not to mention ridding your home of unsightly ducts. We encourage anyone who is building a new home to consider going ductless.
- Perfect for Bonus Rooms and Additions. A ductless mini-split can heat and cool an entire home, but you don’t have to use it that way. The ductless heat pump is an ideal solution for conditioning the air year-round in bonus rooms and in additions when those extra spaces put too great a load on your current central heating and cooling system.
- Zone Control for Better Comfort and Lower Energy Bills. With a mini-split, your home can be divided into different heating and cooling zones, each with its own thermostat. This maximizes comfort and energy efficiency because you can control the temperature in each zone according to your needs.
Is a ductless mini-split right for your Atlanta home?
Whether you’re needing to replace your traditional heating and cooling system, building a new home, or putting on an addition, it might make sense to go with a ductless mini-split heat pump. A Comfort Zone heating and cooling professional can help you determine if it’s a cost-effective solution for your home. And if it is, you can trust that Comfort Zone will install your new heat pump system properly, so you can enjoy extraordinary comfort and energy efficiency.
Check out our video for a quick intro to the ductless mini-split heat pump