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Ductless heat pumps and the PNW

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If you’re ready to feel cool this summer, you should consider a ductless heat pump. These energy efficient units can give your home the cool temperatures you want, without the installation, servicing or changing of duct work. Not surprisingly, it’s the perfect solution for homes without ducts, such as those with baseboard heating, wall or ceiling units or wood stoves.

Here are a few reasons why ductless heat pumps are the perfect A/C solution for Pacific Northwest homes.

Energy Efficiency

Ductless heat pumps from Washington Energy Services are some of the most energy efficient in the market. Plus, because they allow you to only cool the rooms you’re in, so there’s no wasted energy in those rarely inhabited spaces. While all heat pumps are efficient, check out the Evolution line of Bryant heat pumps for serious efficiency.

Cost Flexibility and Savings

Without the need for ductwork and a large central unit, ductless heat pumps are a cost-effective choice. Washington Energy Services has a complete suite of systems to meet any budget. For example, check out the Daikin 15 Series Ductless Heat Pump for an economical option, or opt for the Bryant Evolution Single-Zone Ductless Heat Pump for a top-of-the-line solution.

Ease of Use

It doesn’t get simpler! These systems are operated by a remote and require little to no maintenance.

Quiet Operation

These lean, mean, cool air machines may work hard, but they do so quietly.

Anti-Allergen Filter

We in the PNW are no strangers to allergens—pollen, mold, mildew and dust are just a few. Ductless heat pumps capture these airborne nuisances so your family can breathe more easily…without the stuffy noses and sneezing.

Having guaranteed comfort for your home is a more enjoyable way to spend your summer. And with ductless heat pumps from Washington Energy Services, you can do so economically and efficiently.

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In photos: ductless heat pump installation

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Ductless heat pumps use less energy and provides more heat for your energy dollar – now that’s technology at work! Compared to electric baseboard or wall heat, you could see a 25-50% reduction in heating costs (source NEEA, NW Ductless Project). We can have systems installed and ready to use in as little as one day.

The excitement begins when the Washington Energy Services truck backs into your driveway. Enhanced home comfort will soon be installed for this happy homeowner.

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Besides the fantastic energy savings, ductless heat pumps offer many more benefits. For instance, they can be installed in tight spaces (half the size of traditional heat pump units) and they’re also much quieter – meaning you (and your neighbors) will hardly notice it.

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Part of this home’s installation is an attic cartridge, which will transfer cool air from the unit through flexible ducts to openings in the ceiling or wall. If you have a few rooms connected via attic, this saves you from needing to install a mini-split evaporator in the room.

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Additional evaporators (also known as “heads”) are installed in the kitchen and in two bedrooms. These small units will provide room-by-room controlled comfort.

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With the attic work complete, our installer is able to crawl out of the tight space with a smile on his face – proud of a job done right!

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If you’re considering a move to a ductless heat pump, give us a call at 800-398-4663 or fill out our free estimate request form.

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Top 6 reasons to go ductless for heating

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1) What is the difference between a ductless heat pump and a ductless split or mini-split?

There is no difference. There are a lot of people who refer to the ductless heat pump as a split because it is a ‘split’ system where one part is outside and another part is inside your house.

2) Do I need a ductless split for each room of my house?

Typically no, you will most likely need one outdoor heat pump unit and it can be attached to many indoor wall mounted registers (aka “heads”) that will cover your living area with lovely heating and cooling. For very large homes, you may need a second outdoor unit so that all of your rooms can be reached in an efficient manner.

3) Is it true that ductless systems are ultra-quiet?

Yes, the indoor units of most ductless systems are so quiet you will barely hear them when they are on high speed. The Daikin Quaternity, for example, is 26 dba indoors. The outdoor units are also much quieter than air source heat pumps. These systems can work in areas where there are strict noise ordinances. Come by our offices, we have 7 working ductless units that we use to heat and cool our offices and you can hear for yourself.

4) Is there a federal energy tax credit for ductless heat pumps?

Yes, until December 31st, 2013. There is a credit of 10% of the fully installed price of the heat pump up to $300 for ones 15 SEER rated or higher.

5) Are there utility rebates for ductless heat pumps?

Yes, if you have electric heat in your home as the primary heat source you could be eligible for up to $1500 in rebates. To get these rebates you need to use a contractor who is qualified by the utility company – such as Washington Energy Services.

6) Will I be able to get rid of my baseboard heaters?

That will be up to you and how much of your house you decide to cover with ductless units. Many people do just get rid of them, while others will keep baseboards in some rooms. The ductless systems from Daikin and Fujitsu can heat even when it is very cold outside, so you may not want to keep your ugly old baseboards as backup heat. Ask our home energy specialist about this while he is assessing your home for a ductless system.

For all things ductless, give us a call at 800-398-4663 or stop by our Lynnwood, WA showroom, 8-5pm Monday through Friday. We will show you how ductless heat pumps work and you can sign up for a free in home estimate.

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I want to be cool…

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The Northwest summer is late this year, but when it comes we’ll be scurrying to figure out how to get cool and stay energy efficient too. This month we have ways to cool your house that don’t involve something loud hanging in your window. And a helpful piece about keeping cool by checking your ductwork.

If you’re ready to upgrade from your window air conditioner to something better, there are lots of choices. Here are 6 ways you can get cool and some may surprise you.

1. Heat pumps. Heat in the winter and cool in the summer.

Ductless heat pumps can offer 25% energy cost savings vs electric heat, and provide air conditioning too. These systems are modular and can be installed to affect one room, or provide whole home heating and cooling. And they are soooo quiet. They’re especially good for old homes where only part of the house has ducting. You’ll get big rebates from most utilities and qualify for federal tax credits.

Forced air heat pumps also heat and cool. They cool by moving heat from the inside out. While they might not make your home meat locker cool, the mix of year round use and our mild weather makes them a good choice for the Northwest. Manufacturers say you can save 30% on overall costs to heat / cool your home. Most utilities have rebates. In fact PSE Electric customers who replace their electric furnace with a forced air heat pump can get $1000. Plus federal energy tax credits of up to $300 are available.

2.   Solar Attic Fans

Hot air rises and attic fans sit on the roof pulling out the hot air. A solar powered attic fan is even more energy efficient. There’s no wiring needed, it installs into your roof with flashing around it. These attic fans are made to withstand our tough weather conditions, even winds up to 170mph, and can be a great cooling solution. These are especially good for multi-story dwellings. While you won’t get as cool as with central air, it will remove heat and lower temperatures in your home.

3. Insulation

Most people think of insulation as keeping you warm in the winter, like a parka. Insulating and sealing your house will keep heat transfer from happening, whether its heat loss or gain. Insulation can be a cost effective way to get energy savings and keep a bit cooler. If your home is shaded and is cool in the mornings, it will hold that cool longer. Most utilities have generous rebates to get you in the mood to insulate. PSE offers up to $800. Plus federal tax credits of up to $500 are available.

4. The Right Windows

EnergyStar® says that “recent technological advances have improved the thermal performance of windows”, including insulated framing materials, low E glass, solar control coatings, double or triple panes with low conductance gas fills in between, improved edge spacers and better sealing techniques. When combined with installation techniques that ensure the best fit, these can improve energy efficiency of the home up to 25%. There’s still a federal tax credit of up to $200 for windows and $500 for exterior doors. Great article: http://www.energystar.gov/ia/new_homes/features/HighPerformanceWindows1-17-01.pdf

In Seattle, Washington Energy Services carries a wide range of energy efficient windows. Take a look.

5. Central Air Conditioning

Energy efficient central air conditioning systems keep the whole house comfortable whatever the heat outside. If you have existing ducts, central air could be an easy addition to make. These systems pair well with high efficiency furnaces. Some qualify for federal tax credits.

6. Go Old School

The low tech way to keep your house cool is to keep your blinds and windows closed on the side of the house that the sun is hitting. For cross breeze, open doors or windows that are in shade. Open windows at night to let cool air in. Make sure your ceiling fan blade size is big enough for your room (eg: for 400 sq ft room use a 52” blade span). Fans create wind, they don’t actually cool, but they’ll make it feel 5-10 degrees cooler by making your perspiration evaporate faster.

Learn more about cooling your house with new Windows, Insulation, a Heat Pump or Central Air Conditioning by calling 800 398 4663 or visit www.Washingtonenergy.com

Check out available Utility Rebates and Federal Tax Credits.

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What’s hot & cool at this year’s home shows?

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A ductless heat pump is an electric heating and cooling system. In layman’s terms, there is a register inside your house that attaches to a wall (click here for info and to see a photo). It can be concealed by installing it into a duct in the ceiling (okay, we said it was ductless but there are ducted options). The indoor unit exchanges air through a hose with a small outdoor unit. Both the indoor and outdoor units are so quiet you have to hear one to believe it.

Some of the cool features of the ductless system are:

  •  easy installation
  •  energy cost savings
  •  super quiet
  •  remote control for each indoor unit operates separately –
    for room by room climate control
  •  heat and air conditioning, and it dehumidifies
  •  long life span, up to 20 years

For a larger home, you may need several of the indoor units to heat or cool your whole place. This is called a multi-zone system. There’s one outdoor unit that works with multiple indoor units.

Daikin®, a leading manufacturer of ductless heat pumps on a worldwide basis, tells us that these systems are very popular abroad – in houses, but also in multi-family buildings, hotels and offices. And if you have an older home where part of the house has poor ducting or no ducting in some rooms, this is ideal. You can add heat in just those areas.

Washington Energy Services will be showing a working Daikin ductless unit at the Seattle Home Show – booth 519. Stop by and see it (and try to hear it!).

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