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A Heat Pump – Is It the Right Choice for You?

Fortunately, when it comes to heating and cooling your home there are many options on the market, and with so many choices, it can be hard to know which one is right for you.  Your home’s heating and cooling choices do not have to be difficult or expensive.  Years ago people thought of heat pumps as being most useful in the southern states. However, they have become more common in a wider variety of places, including colder climates like ours. Many homeowners now in Massachusetts have chosen heat pumps as their preferred year-round home comfort system. 
If it is time to replace your home’s air conditioning system, you have many choices. Two of the most popular types of AC systems are ductless mini-split systems and central air conditioning systems. Both have their own advantages and drawbacks, so how do you know which one is right for your home? 
A Comparison of Ductless Mini-split vs Central Air Conditioners
Central air units are typically less expensive upfront but may not be as energy-efficient in the long run. On the other hand, mini-splits are typically the most expensive to purchase and install, but they can be very efficient and effective. Mini-splits tend to be less expensive to operate because they don’t lose as much energy through ductwork. They do not require ductwork to distribute the cool air. Instead, they use a series of small, whisper-quiet blowers that deliver conditioned air directly to different areas of your home. What type is cheaper to run depends on a number of factors, including the size of your home, and your personal preferences.  A ductless mini-split system might be the more cost-effective option if you live in a small home, have multiple rooms to cool, and live in a climate with extreme temperatures like we have. 
 A central air system might be your best bet if you have a large home. Ultimately, the best way to decide which option is right for you is to speak with a qualified HVAC installer who can help you assess your specific needs.
Should I Replace My Central Air with a Mini-Split?
If your central air conditioner is an older model, it may be time to consider replacing it with a ductless mini-split which takes up less space in your home, and is generally more energy efficient than central air systems. A mini-split system will consist of an outdoor unit connected to one or more indoor units. The indoor unit can be placed anywhere and allows you to cool specific rooms you use most often rather than cooling your entire home. As a result, you can save money on your energy bills by only cooling the rooms you are using. Ductless mini-splits can also heat and cool multiple rooms at different temperatures, which central air cannot do. 
Information provided by John Szolomayer, RE/MAX Executive Realty and Energy Monster. - For more information, John Szolomayer can be reached at 508-259-4788 or 
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