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When to Consider Ducted Air Source Heat Pumps

When people talk about mini splits, they tend to focus on ductless designs, but this isn’t the only option. You can get either ducted or ductless air source heat pumps. They both use the same energy-efficient technology, but one option has ducts while the other doesn’t.

To help you learn more about the differences, we put together this guide. Keep reading to learn more or contact us directly.

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Top Fall & Winter Energy Saving Hacks To Use This Season

Fall and winter are tough in terms of household costs. Heating your home as the Northeast gets colder can get expensive and if you live in an older home without good insulation, this can become a big problem. Holiday decor, cooking meals in the oven, and other popular seasonal activities can also put a strain on your wallet.

Fortunately, we’ve got some helpful hacks in store. Keep reading to get tips on saving energy and keeping your home heating comfortable and efficient throughout the season.

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How Many Ductless HVAC Zones Do You Need?

When you install a mini split, you get to split your home into zones. Each zone has its own thermostat, allowing you to customize comfort in different parts of your home. Zones also help to boost efficiency because you don’t have to heat and cool spaces that aren’t in use.

So, how many zones do you need? The right answer varies based on your home, your personal preferences, and your budget. If you want to find out the optimal number of zones for your home, contact us today — we’ll send out a comfort consultant to help you design a system.

Otherwise, check out the following elements that affect the number of ductless zones in your home.

Cost of Ductless vs the Cost of Traditional HVAC
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Does DIY Mini-Split Installation Save Money?

If you are very handy and have the right tools, DIY ductless installation can save you some money upfront, but typically, it compromises the efficiency and lifespan of your equipment. For most homeowners, the disadvantages of DIY installation outweigh the benefits.

At N.E.T.R., Inc, we highly recommend professional installation for your ductless HVAC system. We’ve even made a video on the dangers of DIY installation. To help you decide if that’s the right choice for you, we put together this post that looks at the pros and cons of DIY installation.

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Top Home Electrical Myths BUSTED!

Electricity is a must-have utility, but it can also be incredibly dangerous. There are a lot of myths and misconceptions surrounding electrical work, especially when it comes to DIY. Mistakes with electricity can be deadly, so it’s important to be knowledgeable and take the appropriate safety precautions when working with power lines, wiring, outlets, and appliances in your home.

Here’s what to know and how our experienced Boston electricians can help you optimize your home electrical system.

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5 Ways Ductless HVAC Makes Fall More Comfortable

At N.E.T.R., Inc, we love the benefits of ductless heat pumps, and when our clients upgrade to mini splits, they enjoy advantages all year round. To celebrate fall, we’ve decided to look at the unique benefits that these systems provide during autumn.

Wondering if you should “fall” into ductless equipment? Take a look at these autumnal benefits.

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How to Save Money on Ductless Installation

Installing a ductless system costs several thousand dollars — the price is comparable to many traditional HVAC systems, but once installed, the operating costs tend to be a lot lower. Thinking about installing ductless? Want the biggest bang for your buck? Then, check out our money-saving tips.

To get started now, contact us at N.E.T.R., Inc. When we work with clients, we customize a package that works with their heating and cooling goals, but also, with their budget.

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Health Hazards of HVAC Ducts

Ductless HVAC systems have almost too many advantages to list. They offer zoning controls, high levels of efficiency, and consistent temperatures. However, one big advantage is that they aren’t ducted. When you upgrade to a ductless air source heat pump, you don’t have to worry about losing efficiency due to air traveling through ducts, and you also can forget about the health risks of ductwork.

Thinking about adding ductwork to your home? Wondering if you should stick with your ducted central HVAC equipment or switch to ductless equipment? Here are five reasons, you should avoid ducts for the sake of your family’s health.

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8 Facts About Heat Pumps From EnergyStar.Gov

At N.E.T.R., Inc, we love to talk about the benefits of air-source heat pumps, but when it comes to the great features of these systems, you don’t have to take our word for it. There is a wide range of literature about the advantages of air-source heat pumps.

To help you learn more about this energy-efficient option, we have collected facts about air source heat pumps and mini splits from Take a look at our favorites.

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5 Reasons to Ditch Your Window AC

Your window AC has kept you cool through many summers. If you’re like most people, you probably bought it while you were in college or just starting your professional life, and it’s served you well. But that doesn’t mean you have to live with it forever.

Unfortunately, a window AC is not the best cooling option, and upgrading may be more attainable than you realize. Wondering if it’s time to ditch your window AC and upgrade? Here are five reasons that you should break up with your window AC and move on to something better.

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