Posted on August 31, 2015 by Scott Gibson
in Q&A Spotlight
Clay Whitenack, planning a new home in central Kentucky, had assumed that a ground-source heat pumpHome heating and cooling system that relies on the mass of the earth as the heat source and heat sink. Temperatures underground are relatively constant. Using a ground-source heat pump, heat from fluid circulated through an underground loop is transferred to and/or from the home through a heat exchanger. The energy performance of ground-source heat pumps is usually better than that of air-source heat pumps; ground-source heat pumps also perform better over a wider range of above-ground temperatures. would be a "no-brainer" for heating and cooling. Then he began reading about minisplit air-source heat pumps, and suddenly the situation didn't seem so simple.
He's intrigued with the possibilities for minisplits, but he's not certain he'll have a floor plan that would be compatible with this type of system, he writes in Q&A post at Green Building Advisor.