When it comes to upgrading your HVAC system and saving money on your utility bills, there are some great rebate options available through both Mass Save and the Inflation Reduction Act.
One of the best ways to take advantage of these rebates is by considering ductless mini-splits. They’re a great option when it comes to home energy savings and energy rebates in MA based on your HVAC system.
To do that, though, you need to know how they work, what advantages they provide and how to get the best Mass Save mini-split rebate, so let’s do a review with all of that in mind.
What Ductless Mini Splits Are and How They Work to Cut Your Massachusetts Home Energy Bill
Mini-splits have been around for a while, and they’ve developed a great reputation when it comes to heating and cooling individual indoor units that are located in each room or zone.
They give you the ability to heat or cool each room separately, which is especially efficient if you have a larger home where your heating and cooling needs differ from room to room.
Each unit has an individual fan and an evaporator unit for cooling, and mini splits are now becoming available with heat pumps to handle your indoor heating needs as well.
How Mini-Splits Work With Heat Pumps
One of the misnomers about heat pumps is that they heat are—what they actually do is move it around.
With a ductless mini-split system, the heat exchanger coils in the heat pump are used to move warm air from one spot to another.
In the winter, warmer air is moved inside and then heated, while the process is reversed in the summer, with warm air being shifted outside and cooler air pulled inside.
The ductless mini splits use that air to the specified temperature, so that you get the exact temperature you want in each room or area where you have a mini-split.
Reasons for a Ductless Mini-Split Heat Pump Installation
There are several reasons to install a ductless mini-split system that’s based on a heat pump in your home, and it’s important to become familiar with them:
- Easy installation. Traditional HVAC systems are typically installed in your basement, and they require a great deal of space. But mini-split systems are precisely located at different points on the outside of your house, and no extra ductwork is required.
- Efficient cooling and heating. Once again, the specific locations are pivotal here. You can go room-by-room with ductless mini-splits to get the level of heating and cooling you want, depending on the size and configuration of your home.
- Cost effective. Unlike systems based on propane, oil and electric resistance, ductless mini-split systems give you pinpoint control of where the desired air goes.
- Zone temperature control. The ability to divide your home for heating and cooling is a popular feature, and ductless mini-split systems actually make it easier to do this.
- Mass Save rebates. The savings for a ductless mini-split system can be serious, especially if you’re buying a heat pump. Think $10-15K for the heat pump part, which will pay for itself over time in the savings you’ll be able to achieve
How Mini Split Heat Pump Rebates Work
If you decide to go with a mini split heat pump, Mass Save will reimburse you with up to $350 per indoor head.
Those savings increase significantly if you add a heat pump, so you have a lot of flexibility in choosing the level of savings you want.
Requirements for Mass Save Mini Split Rebates
To get the rebates that are available, your primary fuel type has to be either oil, propane or electrical resistance head. That unit must also have integrated controls, unless you have your central heating system removed.
Integrated controls are made to automatically switch between a heat pump as your heating source and a conventional heating system when you hit a preset temperature.
Get a HEAT Loan to Maximize Your Rebates
One of the best ways to maximize your rebates is to get a HEAT loan to go with them. HEAT loans are 0 percent loans for up to $25,000, and getting one means that your heat pump and ductless mini-splits will be far more affordable.
Equipment Requirements to Get Ductless Mini-Split Rebates
All mini-split units must be qualified, listed and certified by the Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute, and they must also meet both the SEER and HSPF requirements.
We’re a certified contractor for installing mini splits, and we comply with all the necessary federal, state and municipal codes. We’ve done jobs throughout eastern Massachusetts, and we have the great reviews to prove it.
What are the Benefits and Advantages of Heating and Cooling Your Home with Ductless Mini-Splits?
There are three basic benefits and advantages that can be realized using ductless mini-splits:
- Small size. Unlike full-size HVAC systems, mini-splits can be located anywhere in your home, including in floors and ceilings.
- Flexibility. That small size gives you more flexibility when it comes to setting up your home heating and cooling system
You can set up zones according to your room size and the overall size of your home, and you can even avoid heating and cooling altogether in the rooms that don’t need it for a given period of time.
- Multiple indoor units. With some mini-split systems, you can have as many as four indoor air handling units connected to a single outdoor unit.
- Rebates and cost savings. That means you can save money on all four of those units, and you can get rebates on the heat pump that controls your system as well.
Use 128 Plumbing as Your Contractor for Mini Split Rebates
If you’re considering mini-splits for your home, 128 Plumbing is definitely the right choice. We’ve been installing mini-split systems for years, and we’re familiar with the new rebate programs through Mass Save that are now available.
To get started with your ductless mini-split system and realize those rebates and incentives, call us at (888) 419-4233 or (781) 670-3261. We’ll answer your questions, schedule you for a home assessment, and make the right recommendations to suit your needs.
To get more information about rebates and ductless mini-split systems that are based on heat pumps, you can also go to 128Plumbing.com and start a live chat. We also have some great blogs and articles about both rebates and mini-split systems, so be sure to stop by and check them out.