What Climates Do Heat Pumps Work In?

A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient methods to heat and cool your Alliance residence. That’s because they shift warm or cold air, instead of making it. But not all families have been able to take advantage of this energy-saving technology.

In the past, heat pumps were only recommended for moderate climates, since they lose efficiency when temperatures were around or below freezing. When the heat pump couldn’t keep up, the heating system would then rely on pricier electric heat as an emergency heat source to keep the house comfortable.

With modern technology, heat pump systems are now recommended for cold areas. Most can run well at much chillier temperatures, although some may still need a secondary heating system if temperatures dip too low. But it’s important to note that today’s emergency heating systems can also be more energy-efficient than in years past.

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

Air Source Heat Pumps: Best for Moderate Areas

Air source heat pumps are the most used type of heat pump. They use 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 comfortable year-round.

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

As a result of the demand for dual-fuel systems in colder climates, air source heat pumps are recommended areas without large temperature changes and decreased heating needs.

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

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

Mini-splits have an outdoor unit that joins to as many as four quiet, low-profile 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 coldest days holds some heat that your ductless heat pump can use and move indoors. Depending on the type you choose, some cold-weather mini-split heat pumps from Mitsubishi can operate in temperatures as cold as -13°F.

Geothermal Heat Pumps: Best for Extreme Temperatures and Large Yards

Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of balanced underground temperatures to tremendously reduce your heating and cooling costs, usually by 25%–50%! These systems have buried pipes to move heat to and from your house.

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

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

However, you’ll need a lot of space and the ideal makeup of soil to add the underground loops. You should also be aware that installation can run around $20,000–$25,000 for a 2,500-square foot home. Although the installation cost is more expensive, lifelong energy savings might help the system pay for itself as time passes.

Since geothermal is so efficient, using it could make you eligible for federal tax credits and other rebates from your community energy provider.

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There’s a reason why we refer to our Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning heating and cooling pros Experts. That’s since they have an A+ when it comes to helping homeowners like you find the best heat pump system for their residence.

But their service doesn’t stop with heat pump installation. We back our services with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year, as we want you to enjoy the greatest comfort you can receive from your new heat pump.

And keep in mind special offers, rebates and financing for qualified customers. Getting a new heat pump is even more affordable than you might think it is. Give us a call at 330-235-1260 to request your free home comfort assessment right away!


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