What Temperatures Do Heat Pumps Work In?

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

Previously, heat pumps were only advised for warmer climates, since they were less effective when temperatures were around or below freezing. When the heat pump couldn’t keep up, the heating system would then trigger pricier electric heat as an emergency heat source to keep the home cozy. 

With new technology, heat pump systems are now great for colder locations. Most can operate well at much chillier temperatures, although some might still need a secondary heating system if temperatures dip too low. But it’s essential to note that today’s backup heating systems can also be more energy-efficient than before. 

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

Air Source Heat Pumps: Ideal for Moderate Locations 

Air source heat pumps are the most installed style of heat pump. They rely on an outdoor unit and an indoor air handler. These systems shift heat from either the indoor air during the summer, or outside air during the winter, keeping you comfy year-round. 

With updates in heat pump technology, these systems can now be added in a full range of climates. But you should know that you will probably require an auxiliary source of warmth if temperatures go below 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This could involve a dual-fuel system with a gas furnace. Heating switches between the two to deliver the most energy-efficient heating comfort all over your home. 

Due to the need for dual-fuel systems in colder climates, air source heat pumps are best suited for locations without large temperature fluctuations and more moderate heating demands. 

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

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

Mini-splits use an outdoor unit that connects 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 room. 

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

Geothermal Heat Pumps: Best for Extreme Temperatures and Spacious Yards 

Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of balanced subterranean temperatures to significantly lower your heating and cooling bills, typically by 25%–50%! These systems use buried pipes to shift heat to and from your residence. 

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

It doesn’t require a lot of maintenance and is best if you reside in a climate with big temperature swings. A lot of the time, geothermal does not need a secondary heating system. 

However, you’ll have to have a large amount of space and the right kind of soil to install the underground loops. It’s also important to note that installation can run around $20,000–$25,000 for a 2,500-square foot home. Although the installation cost is pricier, long-term energy savings may help the unit pay for itself as time passes. 

As geothermal conserves a lot of energy, adding it might entitle you to federal tax credits and other rebates from your community energy provider. 

We Guarantee You’ll be Pleased with Our Heat Pump Installation 

There’s a reason why we named our Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing heating and cooling technicians Experts. That’s due to the fact they have an A+ when it involves helping homeowners like you choose the right heat pump system for their residence. 

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

And bear in mind special offers, rebates and financing for qualified customers. Getting a new heat pump is even more economical than you might be aware. Call us at 866-397-3787 to book your free home comfort assessment today! 

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