Greetings everyone!

    I have a technical questions I hope I could get some feedback! I understood that air source heat pumps are very efficient because of their ductless configuration. I have been told by a very smart person that adding a duct to a airsource heat pump (Daikin has now a unit that comes with duct) does not diminish with any great significance the efficiency of the unit.  

   I of course have my reasons to believe that using ducts is increasing the liability to the system, but I like to refrain my reasons so I do not "influence" your thoughts...   

   Your thoughts?, which systems would you prefer? There are two working situations for this conversation, one is a 60 x 40 open floor, one room building (no kitchen, and no bathroom -just a working space); the other one is a 3 bedroom system home about 2500sq (both units are going to be air sealed and properly insulated. 

   Thank you everyone! 


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Equipment is rated for it's configuration (ducted or ductless). So you can compare equipment efficiencies directly. However, a ductless system has no distribution losses. A ducted system would have losses if the ducts are in unconditioned space. A ducted system will also have higher fan energy.

Now does a ducted minisplit has the same efficiency as a ductless? Yes & No. If it's a single indoor head & single outdoor condenser, Yes. But if it's a multi indoor head set up with 1 outdoor unit, there is usually an efficiency drop (rated).


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