Simple tips for ductless done right


So you’ve made the move to a ductless heat pump, or maybe it’s the next energy-saving improvement on your list. Congratulations! Ductless heat pumps offer increased comfort year-round, let you control your heating and cooling in one convenient system and help you save money on energy bills.

Installing the system is the first step, but to get the most out of your all-in-one comfort solution, we recommend following these simple guidelines:

Embrace it. Your ductless heat pump works best when it’s the star of the show. Use it as your primary system instead of wall heaters, baseboards or portable AC, and you’ll get the biggest energy savings. Only supplement with a secondary system when absolutely needed.

Set the fan speed to AUTO. The AUTO fan setting automatically adjusts the fan speed in order to maximize efficiency. Choose AUTO over any other fixed-speed setting, including QUIET, LOW, MEDIUM or HIGH.

Choose to HEAT or COOL. Based on the season, set the operation mode to HEAT or COOL rather than AUTO (please note that the operation mode is different from the fan speed). This will provide greater efficiency and comfort in our Northwest climate.

Set it and forget it. No need to fidget with the temperature. Just set your ductless heat pump to a comfortable initial temperature each season and it will self-adjust to maintain that temperature. The owner’s manual will show you how to program your system.

Keep it clean. Help your ductless system stay in top form by changing out the filters according to the recommendations in your owner’s manual, clearing debris around the outdoor unit, and having it professionally serviced as needed. This improves performance and extends the life of your system.

Following these steps will help you enjoy the full benefits of your ductless heat pump. If you think your system requires repair or maintenance, be sure to contact your installer. And if you’re just beginning to think about going ductless, check out our incentives for qualified systems.