A ductless heat pump is a highly efficient and easily installed primary heating and cooling system for electrically heated homes. Ductless systems are ideal for replacing or supplementing less efficient electric baseboard or wall heaters (and window air conditioners in the summer).
Chelan County PUD is offering rebates of $750 per eligible household to help offset the cost of the units, which ranges from $2,000 to $6,000. The offer is open to customers with electric furnaces, baseboard, wall or radiant heat living in site-built, single-family homes up to a four-plex. Manufactured homes with furnaces are eligible, but manufactured homes using baseboard or wall heat are excluded. Customers are eligible for one rebate per household.
To get started, contact a contractor certified to participate in the program. We recommend that homeowners get at least two bids for comparison purposes. For a list of participating contractors, click here. To view/print a Homeowner Participation Form, click here.
Hear from homeowners in this Idaho Power video about how well ductless heat pumps have worked for them:
Lower electric bills
Ductless systems operate using 25 percent to 50 percent less energy than electric resistance zonal and forced air systems. Regionally, use of a ductless heating and cooling system in a single-family home with zonal electric heat is estimated to save 3,500 kWh annually. Using Chelan PUD's average cost of $0.03 per kilowattt hour, upgrading to a ductless heating and cooling system as a primary heat source can save approximately $105 per year. In addition, ductless heat pumps are safer, quieter, and heat rooms more efficiently than zonal heat. And they provide air conditioning in the summer.
More information about how ductless heat pumps work, their costs and energy savings is available at goingductless.com.
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