Can I Have a Heat Pump in My Climate?

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

In the past, heat pumps were only advised for temperate areas, as they lose efficiency when temperatures were close to or below freezing. When the heat pump couldn’t meet demand, the heating system would then rely on pricier electric heat as a secondary heat source to keep the home comfortable.

With updated technology, heat pump systems are now recommended for chillier areas. Most can work properly at much lower temperatures, although some may still need an auxiliary heating system if temperatures dip too low. But it’s important to be aware that today’s auxiliary heating systems can also be more energy-efficient than before.

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

Air Source Heat Pumps: Right for Moderate Locations

Air source heat pumps are the most used 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 warm weather, or outside air during colder weather, keeping you comfortable year-round.

With updates in heat pump technology, these systems can now be added in a wide range of climates. But keep in mind that you will probably need a secondary source of warmth if temperatures get colder than 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This could involve a dual-fuel system with a gas furnace. Heating changes between the two to deliver the most energy-efficient heating comfort across your residence.

As a result of the demand for dual-fuel systems in cold climates, air source heat pumps are ideal locations without large temperature swings and more moderate heating needs.

Mini-Split Heat Pumps: Ideal for Areas Without Ductwork in Chillier Climates

Mini-split heat pumps are one of the most versatile styles of heat pumps because they don’t need ductwork. This means you can add them just about anyplace in your residence, like a garage or addition. They’re also highly energy efficient, with many receiving ENERGY STAR® recognition.

Mini-splits work with an outdoor unit that links to as many as four quiet, slim indoor units mounted on your wall or ceiling. This provides you with zoned heating and cooling, with exact temperature control in each room.

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

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

Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of stable subterranean temperatures to tremendously lower your heating and cooling costs, often by 25%–50%! These systems use subterranean pipes to move heat to and from your house.

Geothermal is quiet and can work for many years—about 25 years for the indoor unit and about 50 years for the loop.

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

However, you’ll have to have a large amount of space and the right kind of soil to put in the underground loops. You should also be aware that installation can run around $20,000–$25,000 for a 2,500-square foot residence. Although the installation cost is more expensive, long-term energy savings could help the equipment pay for itself over the years.

Because geothermal is so efficient, 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 call our Roy Inch & Sons Service Experts heating and cooling techs Experts. That’s because they have an A+ when it includes helping homeowners like you find the right heat pump system for their house.

But their work doesn’t end with heat pump installation. We back our services with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year, because we want you to enjoy the highest comfort you can receive from your new heat pump.

And keep in mind special offers, rebates and financing for qualified customers. Installing a new heat pump is even more economical than you might think it is. Call us at 226-270-1164 to schedule your free home comfort assessment now!


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