What Climates Do Heat Pumps Work In?

A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient ways to heat and cool your Voorhees house. That’s since they transfer warm or cold air, rather than creating it. But not all homeowners have been able to use this energy-saving technology. 

In the past, heat pumps were only suggested for moderate locations, since they weren’t as effective when temperatures were around or below freezing. When the heat pump couldn’t meet demand, the heating system would then rely on more costly electric heat as an emergency heat source to keep the house cozy. 

With modern technology, heat pump systems are now ideal for cold areas. Most can work well at much colder temperatures, although some could still need a secondary heating system if temperatures get too cold. But it’s important to know that today’s backup heating solutions can also be more energy-efficient than previously. 

We’ll discuss the different kinds of heat pumps so you can choose the ideal one for your house. 

Air Source Heat Pumps: Right for Moderate Climates 

Air source heat pumps are the most used 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 warm weather, or outside air during colder weather, keeping you cozy no matter the weather. 

With advances in heat pump technology, these systems can now be used in a large range of climates. But it’s important to know that you will likely have to have an auxiliary source of warmth if temperatures go under 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This may entail a dual-fuel system with a gas furnace. Heating alternates between the two to deliver the most energy-efficient heating comfort across your house. 

As a result of the demand for dual-fuel systems in chillier climates, air source heat pumps are best suited for areas without large temperature swings and lower heating requirements. 

Mini-Split Heat Pumps: Recommended for Areas Without Ductwork in Colder Climates 

Mini-split heat pumps are one of the most adaptable kinds of heat pumps as they don’t have to have ductwork. This means you can use them just about anyplace in your home, like a garage or addition. They’re also very energy efficient, with the majority achieving ENERGY STAR® recognition. 

Mini-splits have an outdoor unit that links to as many as four quiet, slim indoor units attached to your wall or ceiling. This provides you with zoned heating and cooling, with accurate temperature control in each space. 

Outdoor air on even the chilliest days has some heat that your ductless heat pump can catch and move indoors. Depending on the kind you go with, some cold-weather mini-split heat pumps from Mitsubishi can operate in temperatures as cold as -13°F. 

Geothermal Heat Pumps: Recommended for Harsh Temperatures and Big Yards 

Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of balanced underground temperatures to significantly reduce your heating and cooling costs, often by 25%–50%! These systems have buried pipes to transfer heat to and from your house. 

Geothermal doesn’t make a lot of noise and can work for many years—approximately 25 years for the indoor unit and about 50 years for the loop. 

It doesn’t have to have a lot of upkeep and is ideal if you are in a climate where temperatures vary greatly. In most instances, geothermal does not need an auxiliary heating system. 

However, you’ll have to have a lot of space and the ideal kind of soil to install the underground loops. You should also be aware that installation costs around $20,000–$25,000 for a 2,500-square foot house. Although the installation cost is more expensive, lifelong energy savings could help the equipment pay for itself over time. 

Because geothermal saves a lot of energy, adding it could make you eligible 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 refer to our Atmostemp Service Experts heating and cooling specialists Experts. That’s since they have an A+ when it involves 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 work with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year, because we want you to experience the very best comfort you can get from your new heat pump. 

And bear in mind special offers, rebates and financing for qualified customers. Buying a new heat pump is even more affordable than you may realize. Contact us at 856-310-4824 to request your free home comfort assessment now! 

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