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These are by far the most common source of heating in most homes. You can get a heater that uses electricity, natural gas, or propane as its fuel source. Furnaces come in a variety of different heat output capacities from many different brands. They also have a range of different features such as different fan speeds and fuel burning rates as well as efficiency differences. Furnaces heat your home by delivering the heat to every room evenly from a single source via ductwork.
A heat pump is nothing more than an air conditioner that can flow its refrigerant in reverse. This allows it to pull heat from the outdoors and use an indoor fan to distribute it evenly throughout the home via ductwork. Heat pumps are all electric appliances but use refrigerant to move heat between the indoors and outdoors. They come in a variety of different brands, heating/cooling capacities, and feature levels. Features can include having the ability to adjust their refrigerant flow to match demand and higher efficiency ratings.
These appliances are set up to move heat the same way as a traditional heat pump. There is an indoor and outdoor unit that is connected with refrigerant pipes and communication wires. The main difference between a traditional heat pump and a ductless unit is that the ductless unit (you guessed it) has no ductwork. The indoor unit is typically mounted on a wall and distributes its heat directly into the room it is installed in. Multiple indoor units can be connected to one outdoor unit to get a better distribution of air.
These are the most common sources of air conditioning. An indoor and outdoor air conditioning unit works in tandem with your furnace to evenly distribute cool air throughout the home from a single source via ductwork. Air conditioners all run off of electricity but use refrigerant to move heat from the indoors to the outdoors. Air conditioners come in a variety of different cooling capacities and efficiency levels. There are many brands available and also many different feature levels. One important feature available on some air conditioners could be the ability to adjust the refrigerant flow rates (cooling rates) to help give you more steady temperatures.
A heat pump is not needed for cooling but it can cool. The difference between a traditional air conditioner and a heat pump is simply that a heat pump has the ability to reverse its flow of refrigerant. That means that during the cold months it can switch from moving heat to the outdoors and begin to move heat from the outdoors to the indoors. Heat pumps are air conditioners that can also act as a heater. They are always supplemented by some form of the furnace to help keep up with heating demands during extremely low temperatures.
A ductless air conditioner operates in the same way as a traditional central air conditioner. Heat is absorbed in a wall-mounted indoor unit and then transferred to an outdoor unit where it is released to the outdoors. The big difference here is (you guessed it) there is no ductwork involved. That means that the cool air goes directly into the room that the indoor unit is installed in. This can be a benefit or disadvantage depending on your specific situation. Multiple indoor units can be connected to a single outdoor unit.