Eugene Ductless – Ductless Heat Pump FAQ

Q: Is the Eugene and Springfield area good for a ductless heat pump?
Yes! Our area is the ideal climate for a ductless heat pump. There are rebates and tax incentives for residents that choose ductless heating and ductless cooling.   Our climate makes a ductless system an ideal choice, one unit will provide home comfort all season long.

Q: What is a ductless heat pump?
A: A ductless heat pump is a super high efficient zonal heating and cooling system that does not require ductwork. They are gaining in popularity in Eugene and Springfield because they are an extremely energy efficient way to heat and cool your home. A ductless heat pump has 3 main components:

  1. An indoor unit that mounts on the wall or ceiling
  2. An outdoor unit that typically sits on the ground
  3. A remote control that operates the inside unit

Q: Is there a difference between a ductless heat pump and a mini split system?
They are the same thing. In the Eugene and Springfield area, we tend to speak of them as a ductless heat pump. However some manufacturers and other parts of the country may refer to them as a mini-split or ductless mini-split system.

Q: What are the benefits of a ductless system?
There are many reasons to choose a ductless system…..from savings on utility bills to improving your indoor air quality by breathing cleaner air. Here are a few benefits you’ll be sure to enjoy:

  1. Substantially savings on your utility bills. Because of their super high efficiencies, many homeowners report up to 40% savings on their energy bill. Ductless mini splits only heat or cool the area you want and not the area you don’t, whereas traditional methods of heating and cooling, like an AC or furnace heat or cool the entire home.
  2. Enjoy cleaner, fresher air. Since a ductless system does not force air through your dirty ductwork you’ll always get pure, clean air. They are perfect for people who have sensitivities, asthma or other allergies.
  3. Two in one functionality! When you purchase a ductless unit you get the best of both worlds as you can heat and cool your home with one unit.   It’s much more economical when compared to purchasing a furnace and an air conditioner.
  4. Easy installation! Most of the time the install is done in less than one day.
  5. Enjoy rebates, incentives and tax rebates. Eugene and Springfield residents have many programs to choose from.

Q: How does a ductless heat pump work?
During the heating season, a ductless heat pump draws heat form outside air and moves it inside. Because they tap into existing heat in the air, they use less electricity to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. In the summertime, they reverse the flow and extract heat from inside and move it outside to provide cooling.

Q: How much does a ductless heat pump cost?
A: T
he cost of a ductless system will vary depending on the size of your home and how many indoor heads are needed. Additionally, some ductless units have additional features that help control humidity and purify the air. Contact us for a free consultation and evaluation of your home.   get a quick quote

Q: Where can we purchase a ductless heating system?
You want to make sure to purchase your ductless system from a qualified heating and cooling contractor. You must have a trained contractor to do the installation as you need to be licensed to handle the refrigerant that is used to connect the outside unit and indoor head. Innovative Air has received extensive training for the Daikin ductless heat pump brand.

Q: Will a ductless unit qualify for a federal tax credits or rebates?
Most of the time, your new ductless unit will qualify for some type of rebate or incentive. Eugene and Springfield homeowners have many options.

Q: Do you recommend a manufacturer?
We like to work with the best. After extensive research, we chose Daikin. Daikin is the world leader in ductless technology. Unlike other manufacturers, Daikin does not manufacturer consumer electronics – they are the only manufacture dedicated to only to ductless technology. We feel they offer the best technology, the best training, the best product and the industry’s best warranty. When it comes to ductless heat pumps, no one does it better than Daikin.

Q: How is the system controlled?
A:The system is controlled with a remote control that also functions as a programmable thermostat. Most systems offer various modes of operation such as quiet, high, or timer. Wall mounted controls are also available.

Q: What are good applications for a ductless heat pump?
A: A ductless heat pumps is an excellent replacement for existing electric baseboard/wall/ceiling units, wood stoves and other space heaters (propane, kerosene). A cost effective electric heat conversion in a small house might consist of single system serving the main area of the house, while leaving existing electric baseboards in bedrooms and bathrooms.

Room additions – A ductless heat pump is a great choice when adding or remodeling your home. Rather than extending the home’s existing ductwork or pipes or adding electric resistance heaters, the ductless heat pump can provide efficient heating and cooling with an easy installation.

New construction – New homes can be designed or adapted to take advantage of the characteristics of ductless heat pumps. Typically one or more systems might be installed in various “zones” of the house to simplify installation and minimize refrigerant line length.

Q: How long will a ductless heat pump system last?
A: With proper maintenance and care a ductless heat pump should perform for over 20 years. Many systems installed in the 1980’s are still functioning well today.

Q: Does a ductless system have a good warranty?
Daikin ductless systems offer the best warranty when installed by a factory trained and certified heating contractor.

Q: What kind of maintenance does a ductless heat pump require?
A: Ductless heat pumps require some basic maintenance to ensure optimum performance. In most cases keeping the filters and coils clean is all the maintenance needed, and can be performed easily by the home owners.

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