The duct system in your home can rob your heating/cooling system of efficiency. The problem is that ducts will absorb some of the cold coming from your AC system, and some of the heat coming from your furnace. Furthermore, ducts can develop leaks over time, which reduce the volume of air available to condition the air in your home. For these and other reasons, you should at least look into installing a ductless heat pump in your home. 

No Ducts

A ductless heat pump will have one set of coils on the outside of your home which it either uses to expel heat from your home during the summer or to absorb heat from the outside air to heat your home during the winter. It will then have up to four smaller sets of coils, which you install directly in the rooms that you want to heat or cool. A set of coolant lines connects each set of indoor coils to the coils on the outside. Thus, you don't have to worry about installing or maintaining ducts.

Direct Conditioning

If you live in a small home, then four sets of coils might be all you need to keep your home comfortable. If you live in a large home, you still may not need to provide heating and cooling to every room in your house. For example, you may not need to provide air conditioning to the rooms in your basement. Thus, using a ductless system allows you to condition the temperature only in the rooms that most require conditioning. 

Individual Temperatures

Some people like their home to stay warmer than others. If you only have one thermostat in your home, then you might find yourself embroiled in a constant argument about thermostat settings. When you install a ductless heat pump in your home, each set of indoor coils will come with its own thermostat, so each person can decide the temperature for their own space. Furthermore, you can turn off or at least turn down the thermostat in a room as you leave it, so you are not paying to condition the air in a room that you are not using. This ability to heat or cool each room independently can help to target your heating and cooling needs, and thus save money. 

While there are many advantages to installing a ductless heat pump in your home, a ductless system may not be right for everyone. If you want to know what is right for your home, discuss your options with an HVAC professional.