A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient ways to heat and cool your Hillsborough house. That’s since they move warm or cold air, rather than making it. But not all families have been able to take advantage of this energy-saving technology.
Previously, heat pumps were only suggested for temperate areas, because they weren’t as effective when temperatures were near 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 comfortable.
With updated technology, heat pump systems are now great for cold areas. Most can work well at much colder temperatures, although some might still need a secondary heating system if temperatures get too cold. But it’s crucial to know that today’s backup heating solutions can also be more energy-efficient than in years past.
We’ll discuss the different kinds of heat pumps so you can find the best one for your house.
Air source heat pumps are the most installed kind of heat pump. They rely on an outdoor unit and an indoor air handler. These systems move heat from either the indoor air during the warmer 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 used in a large range of climates. But it’s important to know that you will likely require an auxiliary source of warmth if temperatures go below 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This may involve a dual-fuel system with a gas furnace. Heating switches between the two to deliver the most energy-efficient heating comfort across your house.
Because of the requirement for dual-fuel systems in chillier climates, air source heat pumps are ideal areas without large temperature fluctuations and decreased heating requirements.
Mini-split heat pumps are one of the most flexible kinds of heat pumps as they don’t require ductwork. This means you can use them just about anyplace in your home, such as a garage or addition. They’re also extremely energy efficient, with the majority earning ENERGY STAR® status.
Mini-splits have an outdoor unit that links to as many as four quiet, slim indoor units attached to your wall or ceiling. This gives you the ability to have 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 work in temperatures as cold as -13°F.
Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of balanced subsurface temperatures to significantly decrease your heating and cooling costs, usually by 25%–50%! These systems have buried pipes to move heat to and from your house.
Geothermal doesn’t make a lot of noise and can work for many years—around 25 years for the indoor unit and approximately 50 years for the loop.
It doesn’t require a lot of service and is ideal if you are in a climate with big temperature swings. In most instances, geothermal does not need an auxiliary heating system.
However, you’ll require a large amount of space and the correct 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 might help the equipment pay for itself over the years.
Because geothermal saves a lot of energy, using it might make you eligible for federal tax credits and other rebates from your area energy provider.
There’s a reason why we refer to our Fras-Air/General Service Experts heating and cooling pros Experts. That’s since they have an A+ when it includes helping homeowners like you find the ideal heat pump system for their house.
But their work doesn’t stop with heat pump installation. We back our services with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year, since we want you to enjoy the highest comfort available from your new heat pump.
And keep in mind special offers, rebates and financing for qualified customers. Buying a new heat pump is even more reasonable than you may realize. Call us at 908-448-2154 to book your free home comfort assessment now!
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