"Integrity is doing the right thing even when no one is watching"
C.S. Lewis

Ductless Heat Pumps

Ductless heat pumps....can one product really fix everything?!?

 

NO! There we go...blog over...

 

"What is this guy talking about?!? He doesn't like ductless heat pumps?? How can that be?!? He sells them!"

That's NOT what I'm saying! The ductless heat pump is a great product--a very versatile product--but it doesn't fix and replace everything. There are perfect applications for a ductless heat pump system, sure, the same as there are perfect applications for a gas furnace, and perfect applications for a ducted heat pump. Gas furnaces are available with 97% and 98% efficiency ratings--variable speed blower motors, modulating or multi-stage gas valves. High efficiency! High-efficiency ducted heat pumps are available as well. There are 'variable speed' ducted heat pumps that operate just like the ductless heat pumps! Variable Speed! High efficiency! There are many options available to create or improve the ductwork system in a home as well. There are manual dampers available to balance airflow. There are automatic zone control systems that can be added to ductwork (or installed with new ductwork) to create two, three and four (and more) separate zones within the home.

I think part of the belief that "ductless fixes everything" came to be with the large state tax credits. Couple that with the fact that the state tax credit was much easier to get than the ducted heat pump tax credit: no required duct sealing, no required duct leakage tests, no required PTCS Start-Up test...just fill out the form and the credit is yours! Well, December 31st and the tax credits expire--even the ductless credit!

Further, it is my opinion that even more of the belief that "ductless fixes everything" has been caused by the heating industry. We stopped being craftsmen of our trade. We stopped asking questions in the home. We stopped solving problems. Ductless is easier. Drill a couple of holes...put one or two of these on the walls...it'll only take a day...and, say it with me...."ductless fixes everything!"

But that's wrong! It doesn't. There are many factors that should be taken into account in the proper design of your heating system: how many people live in the home. The layout of the home. The existing heat source of the home. Does the home need displacement or replacement heat. How the family uses the home. How long you plan to stay in the home...just to name a few! (I can't just lay out my entire process here on the internet, my competitors may be reading my blog too!) There is a process of customer service and design that has gone away--or at least been shortened--that shouldn't have. I want to make sure you're being offered the best product applications for your home and your lifestyle, not just the one that is easiest for your heating company to sell and install.

And now, here I am bringing this conversation full-circle: Integrity Home Heating has the staff with the knowledge and experience to still be craftsmen in our trade. We are residential experts. We are ductwork experts! We have NOT lost the art of designing the perfect system for your home. Watch the videos on our Testimonial Page, it is mentioned specifically that we designed and installed the perfect system for a customer's home--a system he was told couldn't be done! Until he met us that is!

Even after the first of the year, when the state tax credits are gone, all of the local utility companies--EPUD, EWEB, Lane Electric and SUB--will still have programs available for their residential customers, both for ductless and ducted systems. Cash rebates and zero interest loans are available.

Integrity Home Heating knows the programs available, and knows how to design and install the perfect heating and cooling system for your home, and most important, for your needs. Give me a call today, let's talk about it!

Residential Tax Credits...Gone in 3...2...1...

Well...I hate to be the one to bring it up...but just around the corner is tax time! I know...I know...say it isn't so! But it's closer than any of us wants to admit. Good news though! There's a great program available through the Oregon Department of Energy that needs to be utilized by December 31st of this year (2017) because, after that, it goes away forever!

There are tax credits available on gas furnaces of $352.00 or $492.00, on heat pumps of $800.00 and up, and on ductless heat pumps of $1200.00 and $1300.00. That's a lot of money to leave on the table, especially if you need to replace or upgrade the heating system in your home anyway, so definitely do it before the end of this year!

Integrity Home Heating has some openings left on our installation schedule before the end of the program--but not too many! We also offer Ruud 96% and 97% high-efficiency gas furnaces, Daikin ductless heat pump systems and Ruud variable speed heat pumps--all of which qualify for the tax credits. In fact, Ruud offers one of the most efficient variable speed heat pumps on the market today. The Ruud UP20. The UP20 heat pump provides the extra heat needed for those cold winter days and nights, reducing the costly expense of auxiliary heating. In fact, the UP20 is capable of meeting your home's heating needs down to approximately ZERO degrees outside temperature! This overdrive feature also maintains your home's comfort when outside temperatures are as high as 107 degrees!

The compressor found in the UP20 provides superior performance and reliability. Variable speed allows the UP20 to adapt to surrounding conditions with more precision and efficiency. Ruud is so confident in its variable speed compressor that they offer one of the best warranties on the market today: if the compressor fails in the first TEN YEARS of your ownership, Ruud will replace the entire heat pump!

Take advantage of the available Oregon tax credits while you can, combine with your utility company's cash rebate or zero interest loan--they all have them--EPUD, EWEB, Lane Electric and SUB, and literally save thousands of dollars on your heating system purchase.

 

Call Kevin today, 541-520-6227, to schedule your free in-home assessment.

Our new truck!

We bought a new vehicle for sales calls. We found a plain white Ford Transit Connect. People say they're ugly--I prefer to say they're "unique" enough to stand out. When it was plain white, my daughter said it looked like an ice cream truck...and, well...that nickname stuck with the guys....

'Ugly'...'unique'...'ice cream truck'...it doesn't matter what it used to be called because now the only thing it can be called is the 'Integrity Home Heating Truck'! It DEFINITELY stands out!

The wrap applied by Harris Design & Print is awesome! Working with Jonathan at Harris on the design was amazing. He did a perfect job of making my vision a reality. I can admit, I'm not the easiest person to work with, but every single revision--every little tweak I asked for--Jonathan made it happen! (and there were a few more than...well...it doesn't really matter how many...there were a few...and Jonathan is a very patient person...I highly recommend him)

If you see me on the road give me a honk and a wave. Better yet--invite me over to your home for a free in-home estimate for a new heating system and you can check it out in person!

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Areas We Serve

While our offices are located in the Veneta area, most of our jobs extend into Eugene and Springfield Oregon. We will happily travel to Cottage Grove, Coburg, Junction City, Creswell or anywhere in Lane County.  So give us a call at  541-520-6227 and let us help you with the installation or repair of your heating and cooling products, including heat pumps, gas furnaces, air conditioners and ductless heat pumps.

Reviews

The age old question...."do people like me?" It was true in school, it continues in adult life and as it turns out, it's a big question in business! The even bigger question in business: when there are people who like me, how do I get other people to KNOW the people who like me?!

It looks like this "internet thing" is here to stay, and it seems like alot of people are using it to get to know each other! "Social media" we're calling it. People are buying stuff on the internet too! And then they're writing about the products they bought. Wow! Great idea! "Reviews". We're writing "Product Reviews"! So now, before I buy something, I can go read about what other people think. I love it! Everybody loves it!! Of course my question became, "how can I get my customers to write about my business so that others will like me?" How about asking them? So I asked. "Sure! We'll write a review. No problem!" Now I have written reviews. It was just that easy. And they're on the internet--for everyone to read!

Then I wondered, "would customers be willing to TALK about Integrity Home Heating?" A video product review! So I asked. "Sure! We'll make a video. No problem!" Now I have video testimonials. And they're on the internet--for everyone to SEE!

They've been very fun to make (well, except the 'me being on camera part', definitely not a big fan of that!) and the video testimonials give much more insight into the process than reading a written review. Everyone is so natural on camera! It's amazing! The process is very informal--no setup, no stage, no lights, just a camera and a conversation. It's been great to go back and visit with people. To hear how everything is working. To hear how people are doing. So take a look at the videos, and watch for more to come!

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