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Ductless Heat Pumps

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Upgrade to a ductless heating and cooling system and enjoy year-round comfort in your home and feel good about saving 25-50% on your electric heating bill.

Upgrading is simple and affordable with incentives that may be available through your local utility. Learn more about the benefits of going ductless.

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HOMES WITH ELECTRIC HEAT: Ductless systems are ideal for replacing or supplementing inefficient electric baseboard, wall or ceiling units, woodstoves and other space heaters such as propane or kerosene. A cost effective electric heat conversion in a small house might consist of a ductless system serving the main living area, while leaving existing electric baseboards in bedrooms and bathrooms for supplementary heat when needed.

REMODELS & ROOM ADDITIONS:  A ductless system can also be a great solution when a room is added onto a house or an attic is converted to living space. Rather than extending the home’s existing ductwork or pipes, or adding electric resistance heaters, a ductless system can provide efficient heating and cooling at a lower operational cost.

NEW CONSTRUCTION:  New home designs can be adapted to take advantage of the many benefits of a ductless heating and cooling system. One or more systems might be installed in various “zones” of the house to simplify installation and minimize refrigerant line length.

Super-efficient and revolutionizing heating and cooling

Ductless systems operate using 25% to 50% less energy than electric resistance and forced air systems. Three key factors account for the high efficiency of a ductless system:

  1.  Zone Heating:  Ductless systems allow the user to control each heating/cooling zone independently, eliminating the costly over-heating and cooling common to central air systems. Why pay to heat or cool rooms that are not currently occupied?
  2. The System is Ductless:  While central air systems lose as much as 30% efficiency through air leaks and conduction in the ductwork, ductless systems distribute air directly to each zone, resulting in 25% greater efficiency. Ductless systems use inverter-driven, variable speed compressors that allow the system to maintain constant indoor temperatures by running continuously at higher or lower speeds. Thus, the system can ramp-up or down without great losses in operating efficiency, avoiding the energy intensive on/off cycling common in electric resistance and forced air systems.
  3. Inverter Technology:  Modern ductless systems have ultra-high Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratios (SEER) between 16 and 22, and Heating Seasonal Performance Factors (HSPF) between 8.5 and 11.  With the variable speed compressor, usually labeledinverter technology,” the system avoids on-off cycling losses and provide usable heat efficiency on all but the coldest days.   

Costs, size, and longevity – it pencils out to energy and cost savings

SYSTEM COSTS:  The average cost of an installed ductless system with a single indoor heating/cooling zone is between $3,000 and $5,000. Additional heating zones and greater heating capacities will increase the cost of the system. Other factors that will affect the cost of an installed system include manufacturer and model, refrigerant line-set length, difficulty of installation, and contractor rates.

ANNUAL ENERGY SAVINGS:  The Regional Technical Forum estimated that adding a ductless heating and cooling system in a single-family home with zonal electric heat saves 3,500 kWh annually – about $300 per year.

SIZING:  Ductless systems are sized to meet the heating and cooling needs of a home’s individual zones. There is a great deal of flexibility when it comes to system sizing as one indoor unit can provide between ¾ and 2 ½ tons of heating/cooling depending on its BTU capacity rating. Our energy specialists can properly size a system for you. 

LONGEVITY:  With proper maintenance and care a ductless systems should perform for over 20 years. Many of the systems installed during the 1980’s are still functioning well today.

REBATES:  Puget Sound Energy offers their customers a $1,200 rebate per system when customers upgrade their existing electric resistance heating system to a ductless system. Interest-free financing is also available.

For more information about the benefits of ductless heat pumps, or to schedule a home energy upgrade today, contact us here.

A ductless system is a perfect component of any room addition or remodel project.

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