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What is Mitsubishi Hyper Heating?

Mitsubishi Hyper Heating is what we call a cold climate heat pump that heats & cools your home without the use of fossil fuels. These systems are using cutting edge technology that eliminates the use of fossil fuels and dramatically reduces the monthly cost of operation.

Will a Mitsubishi Hyper Heating System Also Work as an Air Conditioner?

A Mitsubishi Hyper Heating System – also works as an air conditioner, (heat pump) is a standalone, two-component appliance that uses refrigeration technology and electricity to provide heating and cooling for homes, businesses and other applications. A heat pump has two components – a condenser unit that most often sits outside of a home that produces the heating or cooling, and an indoor unit that passes hot or cool air into the home. Because the condenser and air handler are separated or “split” by refrigerant line, heat pumps may sometimes be referred to as “mini-splits.” Heat pumps offer extraordinarily high efficiency rates, as well as the opportunity to provide heating and cooling without needing duct work in the home (duct work can be utilized) because duct work is not required, you may hear heat pumps referred to as “ductless.”

How a Mitsubishi Hyper Heating System Works

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What are the benefits of having a Mitsubishi Hyper Heating System?

Because a Mitsubishi Hyper Heat system uses electricity for power rather than for the generation of heat, it offers a remarkably high efficiency rate. When using traditional resistive electric heat – such as electric baseboard or space heaters, for instance – the amount of heat generated is proportional to the amount of electricity used: one unit of heat per unit of electricity for 100% efficiency.

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With a Mitsubishi Hyper Heating system, the efficiency rate goes up dramatically. Electricity consumed is only used to power the two fans (evaporator and condenser), compressor, and pump to concentrate heat outside and bring it into your home. Mitsubishi Hyper Heating is capable of providing more than 3 units of heat for every unit of electricity used for efficiency rates over 300%.  With New York’s average winter temperatures of 24.5 degrees, the seasonal efficiency rate of the Mitsubishi Hyper Heat is right around 285%.

This means lower electricity bills for a comfortable home. Mitsubishi Hyper Heating systems are very inexpensive to run, increasing your electric bill per outside unit that is constantly running in the home. But, eliminating the costs of purchasing oil, gas or propane. If you are using a Mitsubishi Hyper Heating system along with a primary heating system such as oil, gas or propane, you’ll find extra savings by using the heat pump to offset the primary fuel use: one heat pump can offset up to 300 gallons of oil in a typical home, saving money on expensive fossil fuels. Plus, heat pumps will help in this way to reduce your home’s carbon footprint.

Example: If oil cost $2.75 per gallon then heating your home with a Mitsubishi Hyper Heating system is equivalent to heating your home with oil for $1.44 per gallon, or for 48% less.

Does a Mitsubishi Hyper Heating System Stop Working When It Gets Really Cold?

With the Mitsubishi Hyper Heat™ heat pump, the efficiency rate will start to drop at around 2 degrees Fahrenheit. At -2 degrees, you will get around 87% of the unit’s output. And at -13 degrees, you will get around 76% of the unit’s output. It is unclear at what temperature the unit will stop working entirely. We haven’t yet had a day cold enough to demonstrate that with the Hyper Heat™ heat pumps. Some Mitsubishi documentation suggests a stopping point of -18 degrees.

In older houses with less insulation, large amounts of heat loss, or drafts, a heat pump will also need to work harder to accommodate the rapid loss of heat due to these issues. However, newer homes often have outstanding insulation and are built to prevent heat loss. The heat created by a heat pump is kept inside the home & helps the system perform with greater efficiency.

How Does Using a Mitsubishi Hyper Heating System Effect Electricity Costs?

Since you are no longer paying for any fossil fuels and your new system only uses electricity it results in a slightly higher use of electricity. Mitsubishi Hyper Heating system also provides cold air in the summer, this eliminates the need for a traditional air conditioner, resulting in a huge decrease in electricity use for your air conditioning needs.

What is a heat pump water heater?

A heat pump water heater uses the same heat pump technology described above to heat a home’s domestic hot water. Heat pump water heaters are very well-insulated, and water can hold heat very well. Heat pump water heaters provide hot water at a very low operating cost, usually $15 or less per month.

Residential Water Heater with the panel removed for repairs or adjustments to the thermostat.

Factors that determine the cost of an air source heat pump

Total installation cost for heat pump systems depends on the type of system (central vs. ductless), system size, quality of equipment, complexity of the installation, other services included and any extras that you may want to add.

Size of system

Your installation cost will depend on the size of the area that you want to heat and cool. For ductless systems, higher costs are driven by the use of more internal heads and possibly the use of equipment that produces a higher level of BTUs per unit. For example, if your project is a small one that is focused on simply heating and cooling a couple rooms with ductless units, the overall system size will be low and so will the costs. If you are planning to heat and cool your entire home with ductless units, a much larger system will be needed. For central systems, the size of the total living space that the system is heating and cooling will often be the primary driver of project costs.

Equipment quality

Any home technology upgrade will come with a range of equipment options to choose from. Some equipment is on the lower end of the quality scale (sometimes called “contractor grade”). This may be driven by the efficiency of the system and the reputation of the manufacturer. Heat pumps have several ratings associated with them to indicate product quality, including the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF), seasonal energy efficiency rating (SEER), and a sound rating.

A heat pump HSPF rates its ability to heat an area efficiently, and the SEER rates cooling efficiency. The sound rating of an air source heat pump is simply a way to indicate how much noise it produces when operating. In general, equipment with higher ratings in these areas will cost more.

Installation complexity

The installation of ductless systems in each living space creates challenges for installers as they identify locations for housing the internal and external units and for routing the lines through the house to connect these units. Sometimes, there is easy access to an attic or crawl space for running the lines, but other times a much more complicated installation process is required. Jobs that are on second and third floors can also require use of special equipment that can come at an added cost.

As noted above, central systems do not usually vary as much in cost since they are simply integrating with an existing distribution system. That said, if any adjustments to the ductwork are required, the costs may increase considerably.

Other services and upgrades

It is common that installers will include removal and disposal of existing equipment. For those replacing an oil heating system, some installers may include the removal and disposal of the oil tank, but others will charge extra for that. This can cost $500 to $1,000 and may be a good investment since it may be difficult to sell a home that include an unused oil tank since this is technically hazardous waste.

Central systems have a host of bells and whistles that you can elect to include such as humidifiers and air filtering systems. Humidifiers tap into your water system to ensure that your home’s humidity levels are in line with your preferences. This can be especially valuable in the winter months. Air filtration systems can include thicker filter cartridges or can leverage UV lighting to purify the air. All of these extras come at a cost, usually between $250 and $1,000 extra for each feature.

Type of system: ducted vs. ductless

The cost of your air source heat pump system will depend on the type of air source heat pump you install, and whether that system is ducted or ductless.

Ducted (or central) systems tend to be more expensive, but more standardized in cost since the installer will simply need to replace your old air handling unit that is already connected to your existing ductwork with an air source heat pump. If your home does not have a duct system already, installing a complete duct network in your home will add a significant extra cost ($15,000 to $30,000). However, you can always opt to install a ductless heat pump system if you don’t want to pay the extra money, or if you’re only looking for supplemental heating for smaller areas in your home.

If you’re installing a single ductless air source heat pump, then it will be less expensive than a ducted system. But, one indoor ductless air source heat pump will not be sufficient to heat or cool your entire home. If you’re looking to use this technology as your sole source of heating and cooling, an entire ductless system is going to be much more varied in cost because the number of internal and external units needed will change based on the unique characteristics of your home. These units will have to be installed throughout the home in each zone you’re looking to heat or cool, so overall costs can range considerably from a single story ranch home to a three story townhouse.