With the Bonneville Power Administration raising power rates by the end of the year, it may be time to evaluate your existing heating and cooling system to see what options are out there that can save you money yet keep you comfortable in your home. A ductless system is one option. In addition to being super efficient, and extremely quiet, there are also some incredible rebates/ tax credits out there available for them. We just received a copy of Subreports, a newsletter put out by the Springfield Utility Board (SUB) which is a customer-owned municipal utility for Springfield. In the newsletter they have an article discussing ductless systems. It is a well written and informative article and we thought people outside their service area might enjoy reading it as well.
The following are excerpts from the article taken directly from “Subreports”:
These discreet units mount directly on the wall and connect to an exterior heat pump via refrigerant lines that run through a small opening in the wall. They offer the efficiency of traditional ducted heat pumps – with the flexibility of zonally-controlled heat – all at a cost far less than a traditional ducted heat pump. And the units have their own vents and fans that deliver heated or cooled air into the living space.
Depending on the size and configuration of rooms in the house, one or more units can be installed.
Check out what ductless heat pumps can do for you:
-They heat homes at a fraction of the cost of baseboard, ceiling, wall heaters and electric forced air furnaces.
-Conditioned air circulates through the home via ultra-quiet fans, eliminating hot and cold spots.
-They are inexpensive and easy to install, with little disruption to your home.
-You get air conditioning… no more window units”
We agree, ductless systems are a great way to go but they are not right for every situation and should not be the sole source of heat. If you have baseboard heat or some other zonal heat, you will retain that as back up to the ductless in extreme cold situations.
If you are a SUB customer, SUB is expanding their ductless program which returns as much as $1,000 back to customers. Formerly, the program was limited to site-built, single family homes but now allows customers living in manufactured homes to take advantage of the savings as well. Also, previously, only homes with electric resistance zonal heating qualified to participate. Now homes with existing electric forced air furnaces qualify as well.
If you are interested in learning more about ductless systems and if one would be appropriate for your home, please contact us at one of our three locations. If you want to learn more about SUB and its programs, you can contact us at our Springfield office or call SUB’s Conservation Connection at 541-746-0963 or visit their website at www.subutil.com .