Ductless Heat Pumps
All-season comfort with no costly ductwork
Why install a ductless heat pump?
Ductless heating and cooling has been used for decades overseas and is rapidly gaining popularity in the U.S. Ductless heat pumps are ideal for:
- Homes without ductwork or with old, tired ducts
- Replacing electric baseboards, radiant heat or wall heaters
- Eliminating noisy and unsightly window air conditioners
- Energy savings of up to 40 percent*
- Room-by-room comfort, with individual thermostats controlled by a remote
- Steady, even temperatures
- Attractive indoor unit can be ceiling- or wall-mounted or free standing
- Compact outdoor unit
- Simple installation in a day or less
- Whisper quiet
- Better than window air conditioners with higher capacity cooling
*Compared to a standard electric furnace. Individual circumstances will vary. Ask PGE or your dealer for more information.
How does a ductless heat pump work?
Enjoy whisper-quiet cooling and heating without ductwork.
A: Indoor unit directs cool air where needed during the summer. In winter, the system works in reverse to heat your home.
B: Multiple indoor units provide zoned comfort.
C: Remote control makes it easy to adjust the temperature.
D: Outdoor unit pulls heat from the outside air and moves it inside during cool months. Even when the temperature is as low as 5°F, there’s enough heat in the air to warm your home.
“The individual units have sensors that adjust the temperature when you enter or leave an area. My house is a lot warmer in winter.”Walt Hollands, Portland, who replaced electric baseboards with energy-efficient ductless heating and cooling
Discounts, Incentives and Credits*
On qualifying, premium-efficiency heat pumps
Get a $200 instant PGE discount when you have PGE-approved contractors 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.
$800 Energy Trust cash incentive if your system replaces electric baseboard or wall heaters or an electric furnace and meets other Energy Trust criteria.
$625 to $1,300 Oregon energy tax credit (minimum 9.0 HSPF) — Your contractor will determine the tax credit amount and provide forms.
Ask your PGE-approved contractor about generous manufacturers’ rebates that may be available.
*Incentives and tax credits are subject to change. Make sure your heat pump meets all qualifying criteria
“It’s pretty amazing and a lot quieter. It’s cleaner, and very comfortable.”Bonnie Block, Woodburn, who installed ductless heating and cooling in her 1960s ranch home
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.