When my husband and I put an addition on our home, we needed to figure out a way to handle year round temperature control. We live in an area with four distinctive seasons, and most of the time, we need to run either the furnace or the air conditioner. Our house is equipped with a forced air system that relies on ductwork linked to registers in all of the rooms. We were reluctant to extend to ductwork because of space requirements, cost and mess. We also doubted that the existing heating and cooling unit could handle the additional square footage. We needed a compact yet powerful system which wouldn’t cost a fortune to install. After some research, we came across the perfect solution in a ductless heat pump. The system is super small, lightweight, and the installation was completed in a single day. There is an outdoor compressor which is linked to an indoor air handler through a conduit. Because of the long length of the conduit, there was quite a bit flexibility in mounting location. The indoor air handler is mounted up high on the wall and operated with a cordless remote. It switches seamlessly between heating and cooling, and can very quickly raise or lower temperature in the room. The ductless heat pump is extremely energy efficient, which keeps our monthly costs low. The system also features multi-stage filtration which improves indoor air quality and keeps the new room cleaner. I like that we can program the ductless heat pump to start up and shut down when necessary, which further trims energy usage.