Will a Heat Pump Be Right in My Climate?

A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient ways to heat and cool your Waldorf house. That’s due to the fact they move warm or cold air, rather than making it. But not all homeowners have been able to take advantage of this energy-saving technology.

In the past, heat pumps were only recommended for temperate locations, since they were less effective when temperatures were close to or below freezing. When the heat pump couldn’t provide the desired temperature, the heating system would then switch to more costly electric heat as a backup heat source to keep the house cozy.

With new technology, heat pump systems are now recommended for colder locations. Most can work properly at much chillier temperatures, although some could still need an auxiliary heating system if temperatures dip too low. But it’s essential to know that today’s emergency heating equipment can also be more energy-efficient than in years past.

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

Air Source Heat Pumps: Right for Moderate Areas

Air source heat pumps are the most installed kind of heat pump. They use an outdoor unit and an indoor air handler. These systems transfer heat from either the indoor air during the summer, or outside air during colder weather, keeping you comfortable no matter the weather.

With updates in heat pump technology, these systems can now be added in a large range of climates. But it’s important to be aware that you will likely require an emergency source of heating if temperatures go below 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This might include a dual-fuel system with a gas furnace. Heating changes between the two to deliver the most energy-efficient heating comfort throughout your residence.

Due to the need for dual-fuel systems in chillier climates, air source heat pumps are best suited for locations without big temperature fluctuations and lower heating requirements.

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

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

Mini-splits work with an outdoor unit that joins to as many as four quiet, low-profile indoor units attached to your wall or ceiling. This gives you the ability to have zoned heating and cooling, with exact temperature control in each area.

Outdoor air on even the coldest days has some heat that your ductless heat pump can capture and send indoors. Depending on the type you select, some cold-weather mini-split heat pumps from Mitsubishi can run in temperatures as cold as -13°F.

Geothermal Heat Pumps: Ideal for Harsh Temperatures and Spacious Yards

Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of even subsurface temperatures to significantly lower your heating and cooling expenses, typically by 25%–50%! These systems use buried pipes to move heat to and from your residence.

Geothermal is quiet and can work a long time—approximately 25 years for the indoor unit and approximately 50 years for the loop.

It doesn’t need a lot of upkeep and is ideal if you live in a climate with big temperature swings. Most of the time, geothermal does not need a secondary heating system.

However, you’ll require a lot of space and the right type 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 house. Although the installation cost is more expensive, continuing energy savings might help the unit pay for itself over the years.

Since geothermal is so efficient, using it could 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 refer to our A-PLUS Service Experts heating and cooling pros Experts. That’s since they have an A+ when it includes helping homeowners like you find the best heat pump system for their home.

But their service doesn’t end with heat pump installation. We stand behind our work with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year, as we want you to experience the greatest comfort you can receive from your new heat pump.

And keep in mind special offers, rebates and financing for qualified customers. Buying a new heat pump is even more economical than you might think it is. Call us at 301-747-3140 to schedule your free home comfort assessment now!


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