A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient methods to heat and cool your Hillsborough home. That’s due to the fact they move warm or cold air, rather than producing it. But not all families have been able to enjoy this energy-saving technology.
At one time, heat pumps were only suggested for warmer areas, since they weren’t as effective when temperatures were near or below freezing. When the heat pump couldn’t keep up, the heating system would then rely on pricier electric heat as a backup heat source to keep the house cozy.
With modern technology, heat pump systems are now great for cold regions. Most can run properly at much colder temperatures, although some could still need a secondary heating system if temperatures get too chilly. But it’s important to be aware that today’s secondary heating systems can also be more energy-efficient than before.
We’ll discuss the differing kinds of heat pumps so you can select the best one for your house.
Air Source Heat Pumps: Ideal for Moderate Locations
Air source heat pumps are the most common kind 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 cold weather, keeping you cozy no matter the weather.
With updates in heat pump technology, these systems can now be added in a wide range of climates. But it’s important to be aware that you will probably have to have an auxiliary source of heat if temperatures get colder than 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This could entail a dual-fuel system with a gas furnace. Heating alternates between the two to deliver the most energy-efficient heating comfort throughout your house.
As a result of the need for dual-fuel systems in chillier climates, air source heat pumps are best suited for locations without wide temperature fluctuations and decreased heating requirements.
Mini-Split Heat Pumps: Recommended for Rooms Without Ductwork in Cold Climates
Mini-split heat pumps are one of the most flexible types of heat pumps since they don’t need ductwork. This means you can install them just about anyplace in your residence, including a garage or addition. They’re also highly energy efficient, with most earning ENERGY STAR® designation.
Mini-splits have 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 accurate temperature control in each area.
Outdoor air on even the chilliest days contains some heat that your ductless heat pump can use and move indoors. Depending on the model you go with, some cold-weather mini-split heat pumps from Mitsubishi can run in temperatures as frigid as -13°F.
Geothermal Heat Pumps: Recommended for Wide-Ranging Temperatures and Spacious Yards
Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of stable underground temperatures to tremendously decrease your heating and cooling bills, typically by 25%–50%! These systems use underground pipes to transfer heat to and from your residence.
Geothermal is quiet and can last for many years—around 25 years for the indoor unit and approximately 50 years for the loop.
It doesn’t need a lot of maintenance and is ideal if you live in a climate with big temperature swings. In most instances, geothermal does not have to have a backup heating system.
However, you’ll require a large amount of space and the right type of soil to put in the underground loops. You should also know that installation can run around $20,000–$25,000 for a 2,500-square foot house. Although the installation cost is high, continuing energy savings may help the system pay for itself over time.
Because geothermal conserves a lot of energy, installing it may entitle you to federal tax credits and other rebates from your local energy provider.
We Guarantee You’ll be Pleased with Our Heat Pump Installation
There’s a reason why we call our Fras-Air/General Service Experts heating and cooling technicians Experts. That’s due to the fact they have an A+ when it includes helping homeowners like you select the ideal heat pump system for their house.
But their service doesn’t stop with heat pump installation. We support 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. Installing a new heat pump is even more reasonable than you may be aware. Give us a call at 908-448-2154 to request your free home comfort assessment now!
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