Comparing Heat Pumps

There are two main types of heat pumps found in homes – air source heat pumps with ducts, or ductless heat pumps, often referred to as mini-splits. Both are highly efficient options for heating and cooling a home, even in extreme temperatures.

Which System is Right For you?

Want to know how ductless heat pumps compare with air source heat pumps? Below are resources to help you understand each technology to find the right solution for your home. Ready for additional support? Contact a local contractor to help get you started with a quote and to take advantage of utility incentives.

Ductless Heat Pump
Ductless Heat Pumps

Ductless Heat Pumps distribute heat from one or multiple indoor units installed throughout the home. They are very efficient, do not require ductwork, and give you the ability to control the temperature in different areas of your house.

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Air Source Heat Pump
Air Source Heat Pumps

Ducted Air Source Heat Pumps connect to your home’s existing air ducts. Heat pump technology allows the system to offer a more efficient alternative to traditional electric furnaces and plug in space heaters.

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Ductless Heat Pumps vs Air Source Heat Pumps
Ductless Heat Pumps Air Source Heat Pumps
Compatible Home Conditions
Existing ductwork in good condition x  
No existing ductwork x
Complex floor plan x  
Open Floor Plan x
Restricted space outside unit x
Provides consistent comfort
Air conditioning included
Noise level (indoor) Low – Medium Medium
Noise level (outdoor) Medium High
Rebates & Pricing
Utility rebates available (contact your local utility to find specific rebate amounts) Up to $800 Up to $1,600
Typical installation cost $3,500 to $6,000 Dependent on several factors
Total Energy Efficiency Best Good
Flexible, space-saving installation x
Handheld remote control included x
No ducting required x
Zonal control (heat or cool only the spaces you want to) x


  • Reduces pollutants entering from outside. 
  • Reduces noise from the surrounding environment. 
  • Fewer drafts, less moisture and less pest entry from crawl spaces, garages and attics.
  • Improved insulation performance. 
  • More efficient heating and cooling. 
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Recommended For

  • Electrically heated homes getting duct sealing. 
  • Electrically heated homes with an operational exhaust fan. 
  • Electrically heated homes getting attic and underfloor insulation installed. 

Savings start with your utility.

Your local utility may offer incentives for home energy-efficiency upgrades, so you can start saving energy and reducing your utility bills right away.

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