What Climates Do Heat Pumps Work In?

A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient approaches to heat and cool your the U.S. house. That’s due to the fact they transfer warm or cold air, as opposed to making it. But not all families have been able to enjoy this energy-saving technology. 

At one time, heat pumps were only recommended for temperate areas, since they were less effective when temperatures were close to or below freezing. When the heat pump couldn’t provide the desired temperature, the heating system would then switch to more costly electric heat as an emergency heat source to keep the residence cozy. 

With modern technology, heat pump systems are now great for colder locations. Most can work smoothly at much chillier temperatures, although some may still need a secondary heating system if temperatures get too chilly. But it’s important to know that today’s auxiliary heating solutions can also be more energy-efficient than previously. 

We’ll go over the differing kinds of heat pumps so you can find the best one for your house. 

Air Source Heat Pumps: Right for Moderate Areas 

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 warmer weather, or outside air during cold weather, keeping you comfortable no matter the weather. 

With advances 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 typically have to have a backup source of warmth if temperatures get colder than 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This may involve a dual-fuel system with a gas furnace. Heating alternates between the two to provide the most energy-efficient heating comfort all over your residence. 

Because of the requirement for dual-fuel systems in chillier climates, air source heat pumps are ideal locales without large temperature fluctuations and lower heating demands. 

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

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

Mini-splits use an outdoor unit that links to as many as four quiet, low-profile indoor units attached to 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 contains some heat that your ductless heat pump can catch and transfer indoors. Depending on the type you select, some cold-weather mini-split heat pumps from Mitsubishi can run in temperatures as low as -13°F. 

Geothermal Heat Pumps: Recommended for Wide-Ranging Temperatures and Spacious Yards 

Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of steady subsurface temperatures to significantly reduce your heating and cooling expenses, typically by 25%–50%! These systems use subterranean pipes to move heat to and from your residence. 

Geothermal is quiet and can work a long time—about 25 years for the indoor unit and approximately 50 years for the loop. 

It doesn’t have to have a lot of service and is great if you reside in an extreme climate. A lot of the time, geothermal does not require a backup heating system. 

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

As geothermal conserves a lot of energy, adding it might qualify you 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 refer to our Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing heating and cooling techs Experts. That’s because they have an A+ when it includes helping homeowners like you choose the right heat pump system for their residence. 

But their service doesn’t end with heat pump installation. We support our work with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year, since we want you to experience the highest comfort available 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. Contact us at 866-397-3787 to request your free home comfort assessment now! 


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