What Climates Do Heat Pumps Work In?

A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient approaches to heat and cool your Kingston residence. That’s due to the fact they transfer warm or cold air, rather than producing it. But not everyone has been able to enjoy this energy-saving technology.

At one time, heat pumps were only recommended for warmer areas, because they weren’t as effective when temperatures were around or below freezing. When the heat pump couldn’t match demand, the heating system would then trigger pricier electric heat as a secondary heat source to keep the house cozy.

With modern technology, heat pump systems are now recommended for chillier areas. Most can work smoothly at much colder temperatures, although some may still need an auxiliary heating system if temperatures get too cold. But it’s important to realize that today’s secondary heating systems can also be more energy-efficient than in years past.

We’ll review the varying types of heat pumps so you can select the ideal one for your home.

Air Source Heat Pumps: Ideal for Moderate Climates

Air source heat pumps are the most used type of heat pump. They rely on 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 cozy no matter the weather.

With advances in heat pump technology, these systems can now be used in a full range of climates. But it’s important to be aware that you will likely require an auxiliary source of heat if temperatures get colder than 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This might entail a dual-fuel system with a gas furnace. Heating alternates between the two to provide the most energy-efficient heating comfort across your house.

Because of the demand for dual-fuel systems in colder climates, air source heat pumps are best suited for locations without big temperature fluctuations and decreased heating needs.

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

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

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

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

Geothermal Heat Pumps: Recommended for Extreme Temperatures and Spacious Yards

Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of stable underground temperatures to tremendously decrease your heating and cooling costs, often by 25%–50%! These systems rely on underground pipes to move heat to and from your residence.

Geothermal isn’t disruptive and can last for years—approximately 25 years for the indoor unit and around 50 years for the loop.

It doesn’t have to have a lot of service and is best if you live in a climate with big temperature swings. A lot of the time, geothermal does not have to have a backup heating system.

However, you’ll require a large amount of space and the correct makeup of soil to add the underground loops. It’s also important to note that installation can run around $20,000–$25,000 for a 2,500-square foot house. Although the installation cost is high, long-term energy savings could help the system pay for itself as time passes.

As geothermal is so efficient, adding it might entitle you to federal tax credits and other rebates from your area energy provider.

We Guarantee You’ll Be Satisfied with Our Heat Pump Installation

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

But their labor doesn’t quit with heat pump installation. We stand behind our job with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year, because we want you to enjoy the very best comfort you can receive from your new heat pump.

And don’t forget about special offers, rebates and financing for qualified customers. Getting a new heat pump is even more reasonable than you may realize. Give us a call at 613-817-1591 to book your free home comfort assessment today!


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