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Ductless Heat Pumps Deliver Cost Savings and Energy Efficiency
One of the most energy-efficient and desirable technological upgrades for electrically heated homes is the ductless heat pump, which can be used as an independent heating source or booster for other electrical heating systems including baseboard and wall heaters. You can use a ductless heat pump to replace space heaters, electrical heating systems and both indoor and outdoor heaters. Commercially available for more than 20 years, ductless technology offers distinct advantages and cost savings over duct-based pumps. Many companies manufacture ductless heat pumps, and the efficient units avoid heat losses due to cycling and ductwork inefficiencies.
The Ductless Advantage
Ductless pumps move air directly without losing energy to heat ductwork or letting air escape in the ducts. Advanced inverter technology uses refrigerants to generate temperature changes more efficiently within interior spaces or between outdoor and indoor environments. The inverter matches the heating and cooling load continuously so that conventional on-and-off cycling isn’t needed. The results are energy savings of up to 25 percent because there’s no central system for air leaks and heat conduction losses to reduce the pump’s efficiency. Other benefits of ductless heat pumps include:
- You can set different temperatures for each zone for customized temperature control.
- The pump operates quietly both indoors and outdoors.
- You can use the pump for heating and cooling with the inverter technology.
- The system operates most efficiently when outside temperatures are 17-degrees Fahrenheit or higher.
- Installation is simple and intuitive.
How Ductless Heat Pumps Work
Often called mini-split heat pumps, these pumps operate like traditional pumps by using electricity to exchange heat between indoor and outdoor temperatures through a process of expanding and compressing a refrigerant. Most models use environmentally friendlier R-410a refrigerant instead of R-22, which is a hydro fluorocarbon that depletes the ozone layer. You can get pumps that are rated for 110- or 220-volt AC power supplies.
Where to Use a Ductless Heat Pump
Mini-split pumps offer greater flexibility for heating open spaces, smaller rooms, garages, attics and basements, and they can easily replace baseboard heaters, zone heating systems, wood stoves and space heaters used to supplement the heat in key areas of the home. Ideal for basement and attic conversions, ductless heat pumps provide comfortable heat without requiring a major investment in pipes and ductwork to extend an existing HVAC system.
How to Qualify for Oregon Residential Energy Tax Credit
Oregon residents can qualify for statutory tax credits of up to $1,500 for reducing energy usage and making their homes more efficient. The ductless heat pump qualifies for the credit for 2014 and 2015 taxes. You can check the 2014 Residential Energy Tax Credit Rates and 2015 Residential Energy Tax Credit Rates to help you budget for installing ductless heat pumps or claim your credit for money already spent. You might qualify for other incentives and discounts through your utility company or the Oregon Energy Trust.
Other Tax Incentives for Ductless Heat Pumps
Many utility companies throughout the northwestern United States offer cash incentives for upgrading electric heating systems with ductless technology. Montana provides tax incentives of up to %500 for a single person and $1,000 for married couples. Check with your local utility company and state taxing authority to see what incentives apply in your particular case. Regardless of incentive, ductless systems save an average of $280 per year based on average utility rates in the Northwest.