With ductless heat pumps, you use less energy and save up to 50% more on your monthly electric heating costs. All while giving you even more control over your home’s comfort.
So, what is a ductless heat pump?
It’s a highly efficient heating and cooling system using heat pump technology. They pull residual heat from the air and move it through refrigerant lines. When they are in air conditioning mode, they operate just like your refrigerator, and pull the heat from inside your house and move it outside.
Like standard central heat pumps, ductless heat pumps have two main components: an outdoor air condenser and an indoor air handler. Ductless heat pumps, sometimes called mini-splits, can also have multiple heads giving you great zonal control of where you want to heat and cool your home.
As their name implies, they require no duct work. This makes them a great option for replacing a heating system with poorly operating duct work or for transitioning from baseboard, cadets, hydronic, and wood stoves. Additionally, they eliminate the possibility of losing energy while heat is being moved around through your ducts (which is a much bigger source of energy loss than most people realize!). They operate with a filter which means that they can improve indoor air quality, unlike many of the above-mentioned modes of heating.
Ductless heat pumps are also a great option for new additions where adding distribution duct work on to an existing system is a challenge or perhaps impossible.
How do you know if it’s a good fit for you?
- You already heat your home with electricity
- You are replacing or supplementing inefficient baseboard, wall, or ceiling units
- You are remodeling or adding new homes
- You are considering adding air conditioning to your home
Making sense of the financials
If you are upgrading an electrically heated home, you could save up to 50% on heating costs which starts to make a ductless heat pump project sounds pretty nice, but you just wait–it gets better than that! Here’s the break-down of the incentives that will help you get the job done:
State Tax Credit (Residential Energy Tax Credit – RETC)
Ductless heat pumps qualify for up to $1,300. Your contractor will help you fill out the paperwork and if you have a tax liability, you will receive the credit when you file your 2017 state taxes.
Note: The RETC program is scheduled to sunset on December 31, 2017. RETC devices must be purchased by December 31, 2017, operational by April 1, 2018, and applications must be received by ODOE no later than June 1, 2018.
For Pacific Power/Energy Trust of Oregon customers
Energy Trust offers can $800 cash incentive per home. Restrictions do apply based on your current heating system so check out the Energy Trust of Oregon page for more details. Hint: you need to be already heating with electric resistance heat (baseboards, cadets, or electric forced-air furnace). Your contractor will help you determine which incentives you are eligible for. If you are eligible for the Energy Trust of Oregon incentive, you will receive a $100 bonus if your system is installed by the end of June.
For Central Electric Coop customers
CEC, is offers co-op members a cash discount of $800 when installed in homes with baseboard or wall heaters, or $1,000 when they install a ductless heat pump in an existing, single family home (site built or manufactured) with an electric furnace. You can view the full details of the Central Electric Coop incentives on their website.
Contact one of our four partners listed below to get started.
Meet our Ductless Heat Pump Contractor Partners
In business since 1953, Bend Heating & Sheet Metal is the oldest air conditioning and heating company in Central Oregon. People turn to us time and time again and with good reason! We get the job done right no matter what it takes. Your heating and cooling system is one of the biggest home investments you’ll make so we help you choose wisely with our top-quality products.
2016 and 2017 ENERGY STAR® Contractor of the Year – GreenSavers is the only contractor in the Pacific Northwest recognized by the US EPA and DOE for professionalism, customer service, and outstanding contributions to energy efficiency. Start with a home energy audit or estimate for insulation, windows, heating and cooling, seismic, or a solar system for your home.
Neil Kelly Company, the largest residential design-build remodeling firm in the Northwest, helps homeowners care for all aspects of their homes. Services include custom homes, award-winning design-build remodeling, solar installations, energy upgrades and home repairs big and small.