They are universally popular in Europe and Asia, with a decades-long track record for quality and high performance, but only just starting to catch on in North America. The technology is ideal for heating and cooling in our temperate Pacific Northwest climate, and electric utilities throughout the Northwest are eager for their customers to install ductless systems to reduce demand on the grid. Rebates of $800-$1000 are typical for homes with existing electric heaters.
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A ductless heat pump is a highly efficient zoned heating and cooling system that does not require the use of air ducts. Ductless systems consist of an outdoor compressor unit and one or more indoor air-moving units, connected by a set of refrigerant lines. Indoor units are typically mounted high on a wall, covering a 3 inch hole where the refrigerant line passes through from the outside unit, which is typically installed on a pad at ground level. Each indoor unit serves a heating and cooling zone that can be controlled independently.