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Is a Ductless System Right For You?

If you're considering changing your home's electric heating, a ductless heating and cooling system is an excellent option. Ductless systems distribute warm air more evenly and efficiently than traditional electric heaters. They reduce electric heating costs by 25% to 50% while also providing efficient air conditioning. The tool below compares heating options for an average single-story 1,500-square-foot electrically heated home in the Northwest. All numbers are based on adding a single ductless heating and cooling system with a single indoor unit. Results vary based on location, home size, layout, electricity cost and other variables.

Features
Ductless Heat Pump
Electric Resistance Heating
Electric Forced-Air Furnace
Ducted Central Air-Source Heat Pump
Comfort
Provides consistent comfort Best Poor Good Best
Air conditioning included
Some Products
Noise level (indoor) Low - Medium Low-Medium Medium Medium
Noise level (outdoor) Medium - - High
Cost
Utility incentives available

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up to $1,500
Maybe
Annual heating costs
State and federal tax credits $300 to $1,600
$300 to $1,425
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Typical installation cost

Costs include costs of installing ductwork in a home

​Typical estimated upgrade cost from electric baseboard, wall or ceiling heat
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Typical estimated upgrade cost from electric forced-air furnace
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Energy efficient in open living spaces Best Poor Good Good
Convenience
Flexible, space-saving installation
(Allows for flexible placement of furniture in home)
Handheld remote control included
No ducting required
Zonal control
(Heat or cool only the spaces you want to)
  • Ductless Heat Pumps: 19-30 dB
  • Elecric Resistance Heating: 0-38 dB
  • Electric Force-Air Furnace: 30 dB average, can be 0-60 dB depending on duct design quality
  • Ducted Central Air-Source Heat Pump: 30 dB average, can be 0-60 dB depending on duct design quality

Decibel ranges are from manufacturer specifications and HVAC industry partners. Learn more about decibel levels from the American Speech and Language Association.

  • Ductless Heat Pumps: 50 dB
  • Elecric Resistance Heating: Not applicable
  • Electric Force-Air Furnace: Not applicable
  • Ducted Central Air-Source Heat Pump: 75 dB

Decibel ranges are from manufacturer specifications and HVAC industry partners. Learn more about decibel levels from the American Speech and Language Association.

  • Ductless Heat Pumps: $296 or less
  • Electric Resistance Heating: $594-889
  • Electric Force-Air Furnace: $890-1,185
  • Ducted Central Air-Source Heat Pump: $297-593

Cost ranges are to establish a cost comparison system, and may not be representative of actual heating cost ranges by equipment type. Ranges are based on an average single-story 1,500-square-foot home in the Northwest.

Forced-air furnace and ducted central air-source heat pump include costs to install ductwork in home. If your home currently has ducts installed, installation costs would be significantly reduced.

  • Ductless Heat Pumps: $4,000
  • Elecric Resistance Heating: Not applicable
  • Electric Force-Air Furnace: $8,500*
  • Ducted Central Air-Source Heat Pump: $14,000*

Estimated costs based on utility rebate application data and HVAC industry partners.

*Includes cost to install ductwork in home. If your home currently has ducts installed, upgrade costs would be significantly reduced.

  • Ductless Heat Pumps: $4,000
  • Elecric Resistance Heating: $1,450
  • Electric Force-Air Furnace: Not applicable
  • Ducted Central Air-Source Heat Pump: $14,000*

Estimated costs based on utility rebate application data and HVAC industry partners.

*Includes cost to install ductwork in home. If your home currently has ducts installed, upgrade costs would be significantly reduced.

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