What Climates Do Heat Pumps Work In?

A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient approaches to heat and cool your Hurricane residence. That’s since they transfer warm or cold air, rather than making it. But not all families have been able to take advantage of this energy-saving technology. 

Previously, heat pumps were only recommended for temperate climates, as they weren’t as effective when temperatures were near or below freezing. When the heat pump couldn’t meet demand, the heating system would then rely on more costly electric heat as a backup heat source to keep the residence cozy. 

With updated technology, heat pump systems are now ideal for colder areas. Most can work well at much colder temperatures, although some might still need a secondary heating system if temperatures get too cold. But it’s crucial to know that today’s backup heating solutions can also be more energy-efficient than before. 

We’ll go over the varying types of heat pumps so you can select the best one for your residence. 

Air Source Heat Pumps: Ideal for Moderate Locations 

Air source heat pumps are the most used kind of heat pump. They have an outdoor unit and an indoor air handler. These systems transfer heat from either the indoor air during the warmer weather, or outside air during colder weather, keeping you cozy throughout the seasons. 

With advances in heat pump technology, these systems can now be used in a wide range of climates. But it’s important to know that you will probably require an auxiliary source of warmth if temperatures go under 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This may involve a dual-fuel system with a gas furnace. Heating switches between the two to provide the most energy-efficient heating comfort across your residence. 

Because of the requirement for dual-fuel systems in colder climates, air source heat pumps are ideal areas without wide temperature changes and more moderate heating requirements. 

Mini-Split Heat Pumps: Ideal for Spaces Without Ductwork in Cold Climates 

Mini-split heat pumps are one of the most flexible types of heat pumps as they don’t require ductwork. This means you can use them just about anyplace in your home, like a garage or addition. They’re also very energy efficient, with the majority earning ENERGY STAR® designation. 

Mini-splits use an outdoor unit that links to as many as four quiet, slim indoor units attached to your wall or ceiling. This allows you to have zoned heating and cooling, with exact temperature control in each space. 

Outdoor air on even the chilliest days has some heat that your ductless heat pump can catch and move indoors. Depending on the model you select, some cold-weather mini-split heat pumps from Mitsubishi can operate in temperatures as cold as -13°F. 

Geothermal Heat Pumps: Ideal for Harsh Temperatures and Big Yards 

Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of balanced underground temperatures to significantly reduce your heating and cooling costs, usually by 25%–50%! These systems use buried pipes to transfer heat to and from your residence. 

Geothermal doesn’t make a lot of noise and can work for years—about 25 years for the indoor unit and approximately 50 years for the loop. 

It doesn’t require a lot of service and is great if you are in a climate with big temperature swings. Most of the time, geothermal does not need an auxiliary heating system. 

However, you’ll require a large amount of space and the correct kind of soil to put in the underground loops. You should also know that installation costs around $20,000–$25,000 for a 2,500-square foot residence. Although the installation cost is high, lifelong energy savings might help the equipment pay for itself over time. 

Because geothermal conserves a lot of energy, using it might make you eligible for federal tax credits and other rebates from your area energy provider. 

Your Satisfaction is Guaranteed with Our Heat Pump Installation 

There’s a reason why we refer to our Teays Valley Service Experts heating and cooling technicians Experts. That’s since they have an A+ when it involves helping homeowners like you find the ideal heat pump system for their residence. 

But their work doesn’t stop with heat pump installation. We back our work with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year, as we want you to experience the very best comfort you can get from your new heat pump. 

And keep in mind special offers, rebates and financing for qualified customers. Installing a new heat pump is even more affordable than you may realize. Contact us at 304-760-5088 to schedule your free home comfort assessment now! 

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