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What Climates Do Heat Pumps Work In?

A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient methods to heat and cool your the U.S. house. That’s due to the fact they move warm or cold air, instead of making it. But not everyone has been able to use this energy-saving technology. 

In the past, heat pumps were only suggested for moderate locations, since they weren’t as effective when temperatures were around or below freezing. When the heat pump couldn’t meet demand, the heating system would then switch to more costly electric heat as a backup heat source to keep the residence comfortable. 

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

We’ll review the different styles of heat pumps so you can select the best one for your residence. 

Air Source Heat Pumps: Right for Moderate Areas 

Air source heat pumps are the most used style of heat pump. They use an outdoor unit and an indoor air handler. These systems transfer heat from either the indoor air during the warm weather, or outside air during the winter, keeping you comfy no matter the weather. 

With changes in heat pump technology, these systems can now be added in a wide range of climates. But keep in mind that you will likely need a secondary source of heat if temperatures go below 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This may include a dual-fuel system with a gas furnace. Heating changes between the two to provide the most energy-efficient heating comfort throughout your residence. 

As a result of the demand for dual-fuel systems in colder climates, air source heat pumps are best suited for areas without wide temperature fluctuations and decreased heating demands. 

Mini-Split Heat Pumps: Recommended for Spaces Without Ductwork in Chillier Climates 

Mini-split heat pumps are one of the most adaptable types of heat pumps since they don’t need ductwork. This means you can use them just about anywhere in your house, such as a garage or addition. They’re also highly energy efficient, with many achieving ENERGY STAR® designation. 

Mini-splits use an outdoor unit that joins to as many as four quiet, small indoor units fixed on your wall or ceiling. This allows you to have zoned heating and cooling, with accurate temperature control in each room. 

Outdoor air on even the chilliest days contains some heat that your ductless heat pump can use and transfer indoors. Depending on the model you go with, some cold-weather mini-split heat pumps from Mitsubishi can work in temperatures as low as -13°F. 

Geothermal Heat Pumps: Recommended for Extreme Temperatures and Large Yards 

Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of balanced subsurface temperatures to tremendously reduce your heating and cooling expenses, often by 25%–50%! These systems have buried pipes to transfer heat to and from your residence. 

Geothermal is quiet and can last for many years—approximately 25 years for the indoor unit and around 50 years for the loop. 

It doesn’t need a lot of service and is great if you are in a climate where temperatures vary greatly. A lot of the time, geothermal does not need an auxiliary heating system. 

However, you’ll have to have a good amount of space and the right makeup of soil to install the underground loops. You should also be aware that installation is around $20,000–$25,000 for a 2,500-square foot home. Although the installation cost is high, lifelong energy savings may help the geothermal pay for itself over the years. 

As geothermal saves a lot of energy, adding it could make you eligible 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 Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing heating and cooling specialists Experts. That’s due to the fact they have an A+ when it involves helping homeowners like you select the ideal heat pump system for their house. 

But their labor doesn’t stop with heat pump installation. We stand behind our work with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year, since we want you to have the very best comfort you can get 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 affordable than you might be aware. Call us at 866-397-3787 to request your free home comfort assessment today! 


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