Ducted Heat Pumps
The most efficient way to heat and cool your home
Why install a ducted heat pump?
Get year-round comfort using your home’s existing ductwork.* A ducted heat pump is ideal for:
- Replacing an electric forced-air furnace
- Energy-efficient addition to or replacement for other heating systems
- Homes needing summer cooling and winter energy savings
- Constant comfort. Heat pumps keep temperatures even and also balance humidity to keep you comfortable
- Energy savings of up to 40 percent**
- Summer cooling
- Quiet inside and out
- Even heating and cooling
- Better indoor air quality because air is filtered more often inside and out
*Consider testing and sealing your ductwork, which may qualify for an Oregon energy tax credit.
**Compared to a standard electric furnace. Individual circumstances will vary. Ask PGE or your dealer for more information.
How a ducted heat pump works
An electric air-source heat pump has an outdoor unit (1) that pulls heat from the outside air and moves it inside. Even when the temperature is low, there is heat in the air. A fan (2) delivers warm air through your ducts. In summer, the system works in reverse, cooling your home just like air conditioning
Ductless heating and cooling has an outdoor unit (1) that pulls heat from the outside air and moves it inside. Even when the temperature is as low as 5° F, there is heat in the air. An indoor unit (2) senses where heat is needed and directs warm air in that direction. In summer, the system works in reverse, cooling your home just like air conditioning.
“This summer it was real hot outside, but it was cool and comfortable in the house.”George Stanley, Sandy, who replaced an “old and tired” electric forced-air furnace with a high-efficiency ducted heat pump
Discounts, Incentives and Credits1
Get a $200 instant PGE discount when you have a PGE-approved contractor install an energy-efficient ducted or ductless heat pump or upgrade from an older, less efficient heat pump.
Heat pumps must be rated at a minimum ARI certified 8.2 HSPF (heating efficiency) and 14 SEER (cooling efficiency).
The system must meet PGE installation specifications. The PGE-approved contractor can also help you select the right size and model.
$250 to $450 Energy Trust incentive (minimum 9.0 HSPF)
$500 to $700 Energy Trust incentive (minimum 9.5 HSPF)
$340 to $1125 Oregon energy tax credit (minimum 9.0 HSPF). To qualify, you must have a qualified diagnostic test performed, and the heat pump must be installed by a state-certified contractor. Your contractor will determine the tax credit amount and provide forms.
An additional $150 Energy Trust incentive when you optimize your new system.
If you already have a ducted heat pump, you may qualify for a $150 Energy Trust incentive for installing advanced controls.
Ask your PGE-approved contractor about generous manufacturers’ rebates that may be available.
1Incentives and tax credits are subject to change. Make sure your heat pump meets all qualifying criteria by consulting with a tax advisor and visiting EnergyTrust.org.
Understanding Heat Pump Efficiency Ratings
Heat pump efficiency is rated in several ways. The higher the numbers, the more efficient the heat pump. Here’s what you need to know about ratings:
- HSPF (Heating Seasonal Performance Factor) is a rating for seasonal heating efficiency.
- SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) is a rating for seasonal cooling efficiency.
- EER (Energy Efficiency Ratio) is a rating for instantaneous cooling efficiency. This also is how window air conditioners are rated, making easier comparisons.
- New heat pumps typically range from 7.7 to 10 HSPF and from 13 to 18 SEER.
Efficiency ratings are important if you want to qualify for discounts, tax credits or cash incentives.
- To qualify for a $200 instant discount from a PGE-approved contractor, your heat pump must be a minimum ARI certified 7.7 HSPF and 13 SEER. Heat pump system must meet PGE installation specifications.
- To qualify for an Energy Trust of Oregon ducted cash incentive, your heat pump must be a minimum of 9.0 HSPF and meet other criteria. There is no minimum HSPF for ductless.
- To qualify for an Oregon energy tax credit, your heat pump must be a minimum 9.0 HSPF and 12 EER.
- To qualify for a federal energy tax credit, your heat pump must be a minimum 8.5 HSPF, 12.5 EER and 15 SEER.