Can I Use a Heat Pump in My Climate?

A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient ways to heat and cool your Grand Island home. That’s since they transfer warm or cold air, instead of making it. But not all families have been able to use this energy-saving technology.

Previously, heat pumps were only recommended for warmer locations, since they weren’t as effective when temperatures were around or below freezing. When the heat pump couldn’t keep up, the heating system would then rely on more costly electric heat as a secondary heat source to keep the residence comfortable.

With new technology, heat pump systems are now ideal for chillier areas. Most can run properly at much colder temperatures, although some could still need a secondary heating system if temperatures get too chilly. But it’s essential to realize that today’s backup heating equipment can also be more energy-efficient than previously.

We’ll go over the different styles of heat pumps so you can choose the right one for your house.

Air Source Heat Pumps: Right for Moderate Locations

Air source heat pumps are the most installed style 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 cold weather, keeping you comfy throughout the seasons.

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 need a secondary source of warmth if temperatures go below 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This could include a dual-fuel system with a gas furnace. Heating alternates between the two to deliver the most energy-efficient heating comfort all over your house.

Due to the requirement for dual-fuel systems in colder climates, air source heat pumps are recommended locales without wide temperature changes and more moderate heating requirements.

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

Mini-split heat pumps are one of the most flexible types of heat pumps since they don’t need ductwork. This means you can add them just about in any room in your home, including a garage or addition. They’re also highly energy efficient, with the majority earning ENERGY STAR® designation.

Mini-splits use an outdoor unit that links to as many as four quiet, slim 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 most frigid days has some heat that your ductless heat pump can catch and move indoors. Depending on the model you go with, some cold-weather mini-split heat pumps from Mitsubishi can run in temperatures as cold as -13°F.

Geothermal Heat Pumps: Ideal for Extreme Temperatures and Large Yards

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

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

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

However, you’ll have to have a good amount of space and the ideal makeup of soil to add 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 pricier, lifelong energy savings could help the equipment pay for itself as time passes.

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

Your Satisfaction is Guaranteed with Our Heat Pump Installation

There’s a reason why we named our McElroy Service Experts heating and cooling pros Experts. That’s because they have an A+ when it involves helping homeowners like you find the right 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 very best comfort you can get from your new heat pump.

And don’t forget about special offers, rebates and financing for qualified customers. Buying a new heat pump is even more economical than you could realize. Give us a call at 308-210-4398 to schedule your free home comfort assessment now!


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