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Limited-Time Promotion for Ductless Heat Pumps in Rentals

Save up to 40% on a ductless heat pump for your rental properties

Through December 31, 2020, single-family and select multifamily rental properties across Oregon may be eligible for a special promotional price and increased incentive on a ductless heat pump professionally installed in the living room. Work with one of our participating trade allies and incentives will be paid directly to your contractor who will deduct the incentive amount from your invoice, reducing your out-of-pocket costs to $2,500 or less.

A ductless heat pump can increase tenant comfort and retention while decreasing high maintenance costs from older, failing equipment. Ductless heat pumps are a highly efficient way to provide heating and cooling, and installation is easy. Operating entirely without ductwork, ductless heat pumps eliminate any potential energy loss from leaky or unsealed ducts.

These efficient systems also allow tenants to cool their home during hot summer months, so there’s no need to worry about wear and tear on your windows with an air conditioner unit.

  1. Establish your eligibility

    Your single-family, attached side-by-side or duplex, triplex, fourplex rental property must be in Oregon and must have electric resistance heat, such as baseboard or wall heaters, with electricity provided by Portland General Electric or Pacific Power. The property cannot be owner occupied. Homes must be heated with electric resistance heat and cannot have an existing gas heating system. Indoor unit must be installed in the primary living space of the home. To participate in this promotional incentive, you must work with one of our selected trade allies.

  2. Select a trade ally and have them install the equipment

    Owners of eligible rental properties should contact Energy Trust or one of our participating trade ally contractors. Energy Trust is working with contractors who have experience with heating systems in single-family and select multifamily homes to offer preferred pricing and increased Energy Trust incentives to keep out-of-pocket costs low. You must work with one of our approved contractors to be eligible for this promotion.

    To receive a list of approved Energy Trust trade ally contractors in your area, call us at 1.866.311.1822 or check the Participating Trade Allies page.

For a limited time, select rental properties can save up to 40% on qualified ductless heat pump systems.

Maximum Customer Cost* Requirements
9,000 BTU single-head ductless heat pump $2,000
  • For homes with primary living space of roughly 200 sqft
  • Existing detached single-family, attached side-by-side units or duplex, triplex, fourplex rental properties
  • Heated primarily with electric resistance
  • Served by Portland General Electric or Pacific Power
  • Must use an approved contractor
12,000 BTU single-head ductless heat pump $2,200
  • For homes with primary living space of roughly 200-400 sqft
  • Existing detached single-family, attached side-by-side units or duplex, triplex, fourplex rental properties
  • Heated primarily with electric resistance
  • Served by Portland General Electric or Pacific Power
  • Must use an approved contractor
15,000–18,000 BTU single-head ductless heat pump $2,500
  • For homes with primary living space of roughly 400-800 sqft
  • Existing detached single-family, attached side-by-side units or duplex, triplex, fourplex rental properties
  • Heated primarily with electric resistance
  • Served by Portland General Electric or Pacific Power
  • Must use an approved contractor

*Customer cost represents your maximum out-of-pocket cost and includes your Energy Trust incentive. Incentives will be paid directly to your contractor, who will deduct the incentive amount from your invoice, reducing your out-of-pocket costs. You are responsible for paying the balance of the invoice. Note that select add-ons available are outside of this cost. Additional costs to provide select add-ons or for unusual installation circumstances, should not exceed $500.

Additional Details

Trade ally contractors are selected for participation in this promotion through a rigorous process and are required to verify the eligibility of your property. Each trade ally will have a set of predetermined models available for this promotion and are responsible for determining the appropriate system size for each property in alignment with participation guidelines. Equipment sizing will be based upon the approximate square footage of the property’s primary living space and the home’s insulation levels. Equipment will have a heating performance seasonal factor (HSPF) of 9.0 or greater.

This promotion allows a single indoor head unit paired with an outdoor heat pump system installed in the rental home’s primary living space. The indoor head cannot be installed in a bedroom or small space such as a bathroom.

Not eligible for this promotion:

  • Homes that are owner occupied
  • Homes with existing gas furnaces
  • Manufactured homes
  • Accessory dwelling units (ADUs)
  • Stacked structures with five or more units
  • Homes that require multi-head systems or larger sized systems
Why choose a ductless heat pump?

Ductless heat pumps offer a highly efficient way to make your rental home more comfortable while lowering your energy costs. A single indoor ductless unit can be properly sized to heat and cool your primary living space, and because there’s no ductwork, installation is easy and affordable. There’s also no risk of potential heat loss from leaky or unsealed ducts. These systems are especially suitable for homes with open floor plans.

Are there other resources available to help make my rental home more efficient?

Depending on household income of property owner or tenants, customers may qualify for free energy upgrade assistance programs available through local community action agencies and other community service providers. Visit www.energytrust.org/community-resources to learn more about free weatherization and heating equipment programs available for income-qualified households.

What if my rental property requires a larger heating system that is not eligible for this promotion?

This promotion for single-head and single compressor ductless heat pumps serving the primary living space may not meet the needs of every rental home. In some cases, larger system sizes or multi-head systems are needed to heat or cool other areas of the home. For more information on incentives for these systems, visit www.energytrust.org/incentives/ductless-heat-pump.

Are multifamily properties eligible for this promotion?

Yes, select multifamily properties are eligible for this promotion. Eligible multifamily property types include attached side-by-side units or a duplex, triplex or fourplex.

I own a small multifamily property with four or fewer units and I am installing a ductless heat pump in one of the units. Does this project qualify?

Small multifamily rental properties with four or fewer units are eligible for the promotion, as long as the project is installed by a participating trade ally in a renter-occupied unit and the ductless heat pump meets certain efficiency requirements. The promotion is designed to provide simple, low-cost installations that save energy and working with a participating trade ally is the best way to ensure your project qualifies.