Curtis Dahl, manager of Sundance Energy Inc., made an April appearance on the Seattle TV show New Day NW to introduce a product that can save homeowners up to two-thirds of their monthly heating bill while being environmentally-friendly.
On the afternoon show, Dahl demonstrated the ductless mini-split heat pump manufactured by Mitsubishi to hostess Margaret Larson.
"This unit is unobtrusive, it's whisper-quiet, and it doubles as an air conditioner," Dahl explained. "This technology is used in most of the rest of the world, where energy is more expensive, and it's just catching up to us in the States."
The ductless system has three components: an indoor unit, mounted on a centrally-located wall, an outdoor unit that sits on the ground, and a remote control to adjust the settings. The indoor and outdoor units are connected using only a 3-inch hole, with no expensive ductwork.
Ductless systems heat and cool homes at a fraction of the cost of baseboards and wall heaters. Homeowners can take advantage of utility rebates and other incentives to make upgrading simple and affordable.
"We're very excited about this product," said Rem Husted, an energy specialist from Puget Sound Energy who also appeared on the Seattle TV show. "It's been proven across the globe. PSE offers rebates, from $800 to $1,200, to help homeowners take advantage of the increased efficiency and cost savings."
Snohomish County P.U.D. also offers a rebate program for heat pump installations.
According to information posted on the Sundance Energy website, the cost of operating a ductless mini-split heat pump is about 33 percent the cost of electric heat, and only 20 percent of the cost of oil and propane heat. It's about half as expensive as heating with natural gas.
Heat pumps are intended to be the primary heat source for electrically heated homes, and one unit can service an entire house.
To find out more about this cost-saving heating option, contact Sundance Energy in Bothell or Mount Vernon at 1-800-888-1045 or visit www.sundanceenergy.com.