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PUD to pilot ductless heat pump program

Photo of living room with ductless heat pump

A ductless heat pump, visible above the wood cabinet, provides quiet, efficient heating in the winter and cooling in the summer.

If you’ve got an aging baseboard or wall heating system in your home, you may be eligible for help replacing that system this year.

Chelan County PUD is planning a pilot program in 2012 to help install ductless heat pump systems. The PUD will offer rebates of approximately $750 per eligible household to help offset the cost of the units, which ranges from $2,000 to $6,000. Homeowners with electric baseboard or wall heaters would be given top consideration, but homes with other electric heat types may be eligible. Local contractors will be invited to participate in a training course to learn about installing and maintaining ductless heat pumps.

A ductless heat pump is a highly efficient and easily installed primary heating and cooling system for electrically heated homes. Ductless systems are ideal for replacing or supplementing less efficient electric baseboard or wall heaters (and window air conditioners in the summer).

Ductless systems operate using 25 percent to 50 percent less energy than electric resistance zonal and forced air systems. Regionally, use of a ductless heating and cooling system in a single-family home with zonal electric heat is estimated to save 3,500 kWh annually. Using Chelan PUD’s average cost of $0.03 per kilowattt hour, upgrading to a ductless heating and cooling system as a primary heat source can save approximately $105 per year. In addition, ductless heat pumps are safer, quieter, and heat rooms more efficiently than zonal heat. And they provide air conditioning in the summer.

If you are a Chelan County homeowner interested in upgrading from baseboard or wall heating systems to a ductless heat pump, send an e-mail to or call (509) 661-8008.

More information about how ductless heat pumps work, their costs and energy savings is available at

  1. Jean says:

    So it would take me approximately 60 years to realize my investment?. That is if I spend $6,000 just to save $100 a year.

  2. Jeff Smith says:

    I was very disappointed that the technology for distribution of heat/AC from the pump to the rooms in the house is never explained in this advertisement. Looks to me like either you feel that my degree in Chem/Math/Physics is not enough to allow me to understand this technology or it is just a bait and switch to up the attendance at the Portland Home show. I suspecthope it is much more the latter.

  3. Susan says:

    Thanks for your interest. Please visit the Frequently Asked Questions section of for answers to your questions about the ductless technology.

  4. Susan says:

    The ductless heat pump is a good, cost-effective option for people with aging baseboard or wall heat who would be looking at replacement anyway and who do not want to go to the expense of installing ducts.

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