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!
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).