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Saving on Ductless Mini Splits — Where You May Find Incentives

Choosing a ductless mini split system for your home will give you years of money-saving performance. These systems offer some of the best energy efficiency available in home heating and cooling systems, and savings on ductless mini splits by using tax credits, incentives, rebates and special financing will put even more money in your pocket.

A ductless mini split is so efficient because it doesn't use ductwork, plus it has to meet the same efficiency standards that central heat pumps and air conditioners do. Not included in the efficiency ratings for these systems is the fact that there are no thermal or air losses because the systems don't use ductwork to deliver the conditioned air. If those were factored into the efficiency ratings, a ductless system would rate higher than a comparable ducted system.

Saving on ductless mini splits is easy if you're aware of the various incentives and cost shortcuts. Because the mini split is so easy to install, the HVAC contractor who installs it should have lower costs to put it inside your home. Depending on the type you choose, the system can range in product and installation costs. The cost could be higher or lower, depending on how many indoor air handlers you need to condition the space, and the energy efficiency of the system you choose.

Look for these programs that might assist with saving on ductless mini splits:

1. Federal Tax Credits

If you act quickly (and it's still 2013), you can take advantage of federal tax credits available for high-efficiency heat pumps, for which some mini splits will qualify. The minimum energy efficiency requirements for heat pumps that qualify for the credit are:

  • A seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER) rating of 15 or higher. This rating describes how efficiently the mini split cools.
  • The heating season performance factor (HSPF) must be 8.5 or higher. The minimums currently stand at 13 SEER and 7.7 HSPF for a central heat pump and mini split.

The tax credit will let you deduct 10 percent of the cost of the system, and the maximum credit is $300. The credit expires on Dec. 31, 2013, so if you're planning on installing a mini split, now's a good time to do it. If it's already 2014, keep your eyes open for a renewal of the tax credits.

Features inside ductless systems that improve their heating and cooling efficiency include scroll compressors in the outdoor condenser that run more efficiently than standard piston compressors. In fact, you can usually get 10 to 15 degree warmer air from a ductless system that uses such a compressor. It also lasts longer than a piston compressor.

Indoor air handlers that use a variable-speed motor inside them for the blower fan will also raise the energy efficiency and run more quietly than a single-speed motor. These save energy in both the heating and cooling modes.

2. State Tax Credits

The state in which you live may offer you tax credits for installing high-efficiency HVAC equipment, including a ductless mini split. To learn if your state provides tax credits, go to the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency.

3. Local Credits or Incentives

Your city or county may offer tax credits or incentives to upgrade to more efficient HVAC equipment, for which the mini split may qualify.

4. Utility Incentives

Utility providers often use cash rebates for saving on ductless mini splits. It's in the utility's best interest to encourage homeowners to install the most efficient equipment they can because it's much less expensive for them to encourage conservation than it is to build new power plants or supply more natural gas.

5.Manufacturer's Rebates and Incentives

Periodically, manufacturers offer incentives on HVAC equipment in the form of rebates and incentives. They pass these programs on to their dealers who can make them available to their customers. The incentives may be in the form of special financing and/or reduced pricing.

For more information on savings on ductless mini splits, contact a Virginia Mitsubishi Electric Contractor your area today.

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