Part 1: Evaluation of Mini-Split Heat Pumps as Supplemental and Full System Retrofits in a Hot-Humid Climate
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A version of this article appears in the Winter 2017
issue of Home Energy Magazine.
November 30, 2017
More stringent energy efficiency standards and the demand for higher efficiency are increasing the popularity of technologies such as mini-split heat pumps (MSHPs). The market for ductless heat pumps is growing 10–30% annually. The U.S. mini-split market has seen a 221% growth rate over the last seven years, and a 20% growth rate is expected to continue, thanks partly to the introduction of the highly efficient, inverter-driven compressor. Growth projections are supported by high customer satisfaction, but most of the research has been conducted on space-heating applications.
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