Having been servicing the greater Phoenix, AZ area for several years, Morehart Heating & Air are now expanding to Tacoma, WA. Why Tacoma? Because our owners Josh and Janah Morehart are from the Tacoma area themselves. And that means they know first-hand the challenges that homeowners in the area face. There are a few problem that older homes in Tacoma have with baseboard heating and wall mounted heaters. So, today, we’re going to discuss why Tacoma homeowners should consider upgrading to ductless mini-split air conditioners.
What’s wrong with baseboard and wall-mounted heaters
If you’ve been living with a baseboard or wall-mounted heater for years, you’re probably wondering why you should bother to upgrade now. While both heating units were considered top of the range for years, technology has moved on to such a degree that they have now been completely surpassed. Compared to the latest heating technologies, baseboard and wall-mounted heaters are:
- Much more expensive
- Noisier and dirtier
- Less energy efficient
- Less environmentally friendly
- Inefficient at controlling temperature
The future doesn’t look good for baseboard or wall-mounted heaters, right? The truth is, the relatively simple process of upgrading your heating system can dramatically improve both your personal and financial well being.
Why it’s more effective to upgrade to ductless mini-splits in Tacoma, WA
When it comes to upgrading your heating system, there are several new systems to choose from. While all have their benefits, we believe that the ductless mini-split system is the best for Tacoma residents.
What is a ductless mini-split air conditioner?
Before we discuss the benefits of mini-splits, let’s clarify what the system is and how it works. You’ve actually probably already seen a ductless mini-split system in your office building or if you’ve recently stayed in a hotel. They are the rectangular devices that are installed high on interior walls and come complete with a remote. There is also an outdoor compressor and condenser. The system doesn’t rely on ducts to work. Instead, suction lines, refrigerant lines and power cables run between the exterior compressor and the interior units. The interior unit draws in air from the room, heats or cools it to the appropriate temperature and then expels it back into the room.
Ductless mini-splits are more efficient
The major benefit of ductless mini-splits is that they are incredibly energy efficient. The systems themselves operate on less power than other heating systems and, because the heat is delivered directly into the room without passing through ducts, there is very little heat loss. This makes them much more environmentally friendly than alternative heating systems.
Ductless mini-splits are cheaper
Because the systems are much more energy efficient, they are also cheaper for homeowners to run. In fact, heating your home through a ductless mini-split system can be up to 25% cheaper than heating it through another system. At a time of increasing utility costs, this can result in huge savings for homeowners, particularly those in the Tacoma area where heating is frequently required.
Ductless mini-splits make your home more comfortable to live in
Ductless mini-splits give you much greater control over the way that you heat or cool your home. Because the system is zonal and each unit is individually controlled and responsible for heating a different part of the home, homeowners can choose to only heat part of their home rather than the entire property. Ductless mini-splits also offer better air quality than other alternative systems thanks to a multistage filtration that eliminates dust and other air particles that can impact health. What’s more, the systems themselves are much, much quieter than traditional heating systems.
Ductless Heat Pump rebates in Tacoma, WA
If you’re thinking of upgrading to a ductless mini-split air conditioner, Tacoma Power offers a rebate of up to $500 towards purchase and installation. This is available whether you own a single family home or a condo in a multifamily building. The new unit must be AHRI certified minimum 9.0 HSPF and 14 SEER rating, and be listed on BPA’s Qualified Products List.
As experienced HVAC technicians we can help you choose and install a mini-split system that complies with Tacoma Power’s rebate requirements. To get started upgrading your heating system, get in touch with our team today.