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Ductless heating and cooling earns rebates, savings


With the unusually cool spring this year, local homeowners may be cranking up the heat more often than expected, leading to higher energy bills. Thanks to an offer from Snohomish County PUD, replacing energy-hog baseboard heaters is now more affordable.

Stay cool this summer, keep your home warm next winter, and save money with a ductless heat pump by taking advantage of an $800 rebate or a 2.9 percent loan (up to $6,000) for customers with electric baseboard heat in their homes.

Ductless systems heat and cool homes at a fraction of the cost of baseboards and wall heaters and don't require invasive ductwork. The systems are safe, quiet and heat rooms more evenly than other heating sources. Ductless heat pumps are similar to traditional heat pumps in increased energy efficiency, but they don't need a furnace or furnace ducts to carry the heat.

"They are more affordable than regular heat pumps since they are free of ductwork, more versatile in terms of placement and more efficient than many old style systems," said PUD Energy Efficiency Programs Manager Kevin Watier. "These systems are just catching on in the U.S., but have been very popular in European and Asian countries for years."

By installing a ductless heat pump system, customers can realize up to a 50 percent savings on winter heating bills while enjoying more comfort through even air circulation.

The PUD's ductless heat pump program is part of a broader effort among regional utilities, sponsored by the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance. To find out if you qualify to participate in the ductless heat pump program, or for other information, visit or call the PUD Energy Hotline at 425-783-1700.


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