There are many times when heating a home with electricity is an only option. Whether it is a home that has no gas connections or simply off the grid far away from a city infrastructure. Using only electricity can be a good way to heat a home.
When it comes to both heating and cooling a home with electricity many think of a air conditioner combined with space heaters.
While a space heater and a A/C combination system does work there is a much more efficient way to do both.
The most efficient way to heat and cool home with electricity is with a Heat Pump.
A heat pump work on the same principles of a air conditioner moving refrigerant through lines, only reverses in the winter to put out heat instead of cool air.
A standard A/C system can only move cool air into home while a heat pump can reverse its action to also heat a home.
These type of units can vary from very small window units to large whole house units.
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Pioneer Ductless Wall Mount Mini Split INVERTER Air Conditioner with Heat Pump, 12000 BTU (1 Ton), 15 SEER, 110~120 VAC, Full Set
A small mini split system is a cheap way to heat and cool a home. Units such as the one above come with everything needed for installation.
Although perfect for many DIY type persons the installation does require more skills such as drilling holes in walls and running electrical.
Since there is no duct work mini heat pumps dont heat or cool well past the room they are in. So while incredibly efficient, these small units may not be for everyone.
Frigidaire FFRH0822R1 8000 BTU 115-volt Compact Slide-Out Chasis Air Conditioner/Heat Pump with Remote Control
Window Heat Pump units are also available which are easy to install compared to a mini split system.
They do take up a window space but can both heat in the winter and cool in the summer.
Honeywell MM14CHCS 14,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner with Heat Pump – Black/Silver
Portable heat pump units are also available that have a hose that feeds out a window or door pumping out heat or cold depending on the weather.
A portable heat pump is the easiest to install and can also be moved from room to room as needed.
The types of heat pumps vary to fit a home, budget, and installation skills.
While a mini split ductless system is the most common they do require more setup than other units.
A window or portable heat pump may be the easiest solution but may not be a long term approach.
What fits one home will not fit another since home size and budget will always be a concern. Reading the reviews on Amazon is always a good idea before making a purchase.