What Temperatures Do Heat Pumps Work In?

A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient approaches to heat and cool your the Wasatch Front region home. That’s because they transfer warm or cold air, rather than producing it. But not all homeowners have been able to enjoy this energy-saving technology.

At one time, heat pumps were only suggested for moderate locations, as they were less effective when temperatures were near or below freezing. When the heat pump couldn’t keep up, the heating system would then switch to more expensive electric heat as an emergency heat source to keep the home cozy.

With modern technology, heat pump systems are now ideal for colder areas. Most can operate properly at much colder temperatures, although some might still need a backup heating system if temperatures dip too low. But it’s essential to note that today’s secondary heating systems can also be more energy-efficient than before.

We’ll discuss the varying styles of heat pumps so you can find the best one for your residence.

Air Source Heat Pumps: Best for Moderate Locations

Air source heat pumps are the most used type of heat pump. They have an outdoor unit and an indoor air handler. These systems move heat from either the indoor air during the summer, or outside air during the winter, keeping you comfy throughout the seasons.

With advances in heat pump technology, these systems can now be used in a wide range of climates. But you should know that you will likely need a backup source of heat if temperatures go under 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This might include a dual-fuel system with a gas furnace. Heating alternates between the two to provide the most energy-efficient heating comfort throughout your home.

As a result of the requirement for dual-fuel systems in cold climates, air source heat pumps are best suited for locales without large temperature swings and decreased heating requirements.

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

Mini-split heat pumps are one of the most versatile styles of heat pumps because they don’t have to have ductwork. This means you can use them just about anywhere in your residence, such as a garage or addition. They’re also extremely energy efficient, with most receiving ENERGY STAR® status.

Mini-splits use an outdoor unit that joins to as many as four quiet, small indoor units mounted on your wall or ceiling. This provides you with zoned heating and cooling, with exact temperature control in each space.

Outdoor air on even the coldest days holds some heat that your ductless heat pump can catch and send indoors. Depending on the model you choose, some cold-weather mini-split heat pumps from Mitsubishi can work in temperatures as frigid as -13°F.

Geothermal Heat Pumps: Ideal for Wide-Ranging Temperatures and Spacious Yards

Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of balanced subsurface temperatures to significantly decrease your heating and cooling bills, typically by 25%–50%! These systems have buried pipes to transfer heat to and from your home.

Geothermal is quiet and can run a long time—about 25 years for the indoor unit and around 50 years for the loop.

It doesn’t need a lot of maintenance and is great if you reside in a climate with big temperature swings. In most instances, geothermal does not need a secondary heating system.

However, you’ll need a large amount of space and the right type of soil to put in the underground loops. It’s also important to note that installation can run around $20,000–$25,000 for a 2,500-square foot home. Although the installation cost is pricier, continuing energy savings may help the equipment pay for itself as time passes.

Because geothermal is so efficient, using it might qualify you for federal tax credits and other rebates from your local energy provider.

Your Satisfaction is Guaranteed with Our Heat Pump Installation

There’s a reason why we call our Barlow Service Experts heating and cooling professionals Experts. That’s since they have an A+ when it comes to helping homeowners like you choose the ideal heat pump system for their house.

But their service doesn’t end with heat pump installation. We stand behind our services with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year, since we want you to experience the highest comfort available from your new heat pump.

And don’t forget about special offers, rebates and financing for qualified customers. Installing a new heat pump is even more economical than you could think it is. Contact us at 801-436-8985 to schedule your free home comfort assessment now!


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