Heating and Cooling Systems

As much as 50% of a home’s energy goes to heating and cooling. Making good decisions about heating equipment and duct systems can have a big impact – both in savings and in comfort.  Franklin PUD offers incentives for customers with electrically heated homes to help pay for eligible heating and cooling systems.

What types of heating and cooling systems are covered by the program? 

  • We offer incentives for air source heat pumps (ASHP) installed with Performance Tested Comfort System (PTCS) Protocol in electrically heating site-built and manufactured homes that are installed by one of Franklin PUD's Authorized Contractors.
  • We offer incentives for ductless heat pumps (DHP) in electrically heated site-built and manufactured homes. DHP's must also be installed by one of Franklin PUD's Authorized Contractors.
  • Unless otherwise indicated, all Franklin PUD energy efficiency upgrades must be installed by authorized contractors who have received special training and certifications required to meet utility specifications and have signed agreements to help insure a standard of efficiency and durability have been met.

For a summary of residential rebates and amounts click the link below:
Summary of Residential Rebates

Who Qualifies for this Program?

Franklin PUD customers who own single-family homes and manufactured homes whose primary heat source is electric.  Renters may qualify with the owner’s consent.

It’s easy to participate

  1. To get started with your heating/cooling system upgrade, you must work with an Authorized Contractor. Franklin PUD Authorized Contractors can help you through the entire process, from assessing your home to filling out the rebate paperwork.   
  2. Have your Authorized Contactor make a thorough evaluation and then recommend a system that will make your home more energy efficient and comfortable.
  3. Choose the heating/cooling system upgrade that works best for you.

How does a “Heat Pump” work?

Heat pumps use electricity to move heat from a cool space to a warm space, making the cool space cooler and the warm space warmer.  During the heating season, heat pumps move heat from the cool outdoors into your warm house and during the cooling season, heat pumps move heat from your cool house into the warm outdoors.  Because they move heat rather than generate heat, heat pumps can provide equivalent space conditioning at as little as one quarter of the cost of operating conventional heating or cooling systems.

What is the difference between an Air Source (Ducted) Heat Pump and a Ductless Heat Pump?

The most common type of heat pump is the air-source heat pump (ASHP), which uses ductwork to deliver heated air in the winter and cooled air in the summer.  Most are split systems with one coil inside and one outside.  Supply and return ducts connect to the indoor central fan.

Ductless heat pumps (DHP), also known as mini-splits, have two main components—an outdoor compressor/condenser and an indoor air-handling unit.  A conduit, which houses the power cable, refrigerant tubing, and a condensate drain, links the outdoor and indoor units.  As many as four indoor heating and cooling heads can be used for each outdoor unit.  A typical installation is one or two indoor heads augmenting an existing heating system.

Outdoor ductless heat pump

DHPs are augmenting systems and make good retrofit add-ons to houses without ductwork or homes with inefficient electric furnaces.  As they have no auxiliary (backup) heat they rely on existing zonal (baseboard or wall heaters) or forced air systems (furnaces) for help in very cold weather when the DHP alone may not keep up with heating demands.

Indoor ductless heat pump

For more information on ductless heat pumps and a partial list of installers, read more at www.goingductless.com.