A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient ways to heat and cool your Voorhees house. That’s because they shift warm or cold air, rather than producing it. But not everyone has been able to take advantage of this energy-saving technology.
In the past, heat pumps were only recommended for moderate locations, because they were less effective when temperatures were near or below freezing. When the heat pump couldn’t match demand, the heating system would then rely on more costly electric heat as a backup heat source to keep the house comfy.
With new technology, heat pump systems are now ideal for colder regions. Most can operate well at much chillier temperatures, although some could still need an auxiliary heating system if temperatures get too cold. But it’s crucial to realize that today’s backup heating systems can also be more energy-efficient than in years past.
We’ll review the varying kinds of heat pumps so you can select the right one for your home.
Air Source Heat Pumps: Best for Moderate Climates
Air source heat pumps are the most common type of heat pump. They use an outdoor unit and an indoor air handler. These systems transfer heat from either the indoor air during the warm weather, or outside air during cold weather, keeping you comfortable no matter the weather.
With changes in heat pump technology, these systems can now be added in a full range of climates. But it’s important to know that you will likely require a backup source of warmth if temperatures go below 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This could include a dual-fuel system with a gas furnace. Heating switches between the two to deliver the most energy-efficient heating comfort throughout your home.
Because of the requirement for dual-fuel systems in cold climates, air source heat pumps are best suited for locations without big temperature fluctuations and decreased heating demands.
Mini-Split Heat Pumps: Recommended for Rooms Without Ductwork in Colder Climates
Mini-split heat pumps are one of the most flexible kinds of heat pumps because they don’t have to have ductwork. This means you can add them just about in any room in your home, such as a garage or addition. They’re also highly energy efficient, with many receiving ENERGY STAR® designation.
Mini-splits have an outdoor unit that links to as many as four quiet, small 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 space.
Outdoor air on even the most frigid days holds some heat that your ductless heat pump can use and move indoors. Depending on the kind you go with, some cold-weather mini-split heat pumps from Mitsubishi can operate in temperatures as frigid as -13°F.
Geothermal Heat Pumps: Recommended for Wide-Ranging Temperatures and Spacious Yards
Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of even underground temperatures to tremendously lower your heating and cooling expenses, typically by 25%–50%! These systems rely on buried pipes to shift heat to and from your house.
Geothermal is quiet and can last for many years—about 25 years for the indoor unit and about 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. Most of the time, geothermal does not require a backup heating system.
However, you’ll have to have a lot of space and the right type of soil to put in the underground loops. It’s also important to note that installation is around $20,000–$25,000 for a 2,500-square foot home. Although the installation cost is pricier, continuing energy savings may help the equipment pay for itself over time.
Because geothermal conserves a lot of energy, using it might make you eligible for federal tax credits and other rebates from your community energy provider.
Your Satisfaction is Guaranteed with Our Heat Pump Installation
There’s a reason why we call our Atmostemp Service Experts heating and cooling professionals Experts. That’s because they have an A+ when it includes helping homeowners like you select the best heat pump system for their house.
But their service doesn’t stop with heat pump installation. We stand behind our services with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year, because we want you to enjoy the greatest 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 reasonable than you may be aware. Give us a call at 856-310-4824 to schedule your free home comfort assessment now!
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