As temperatures have plummeted in Seattle over the last few weeks, you’re probably trying to keep your home comfortable while still maintaining a low electricity bill. Many people are aware that ductless heating and cooling systems (also known as ductless heat pumps) provide heat at a fraction of the cost of baseboard and wall heaters, are highly efficient and are easily installed.
A common myth surrounding ductless systems is that they do not perform well at extreme temperatures. While this myth is true for older “unitary” heat pumps, ductless heating and cooling systems have benefitted from the latest technology advances and are able to operate efficiently at temperatures below freezing. A recently released video from NEEA (the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance) features a contractor in Libby, Montana who has used ductless heating and cooling systems to meet the needs of many homeowners in a town that receives over 55 inches of snow each winter and has temperatures below freezing six months of the year.
Up to $1200 of incentives are available through Community Power Works for ductless systems, so there is no reason not to turn up the heat inside when mother nature turns it down outside. For more information about ductless heating and cooling systems, please visit www.GoingDuctless.com or go to Community Power Works to learn more about incentives.
Aaron Winer is an associate program manager at Fluid Market Strategies, a mission-driven consulting firm that provides management, marketing and education services with an emphasis on efficiency and renewable technology programs, sustainability consulting and carbon management services. Aaron has extensive experience with ductless heating and cooling systems and enjoys sharing his technical knowledge on a regional and national level.