What Temps Do Heat Pumps Work In?

A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient ways to heat and cool your Rochester residence. That’s since they shift warm or cold air, rather than creating it. But not everyone has been able to take advantage of this energy-saving technology.

In the past, heat pumps were only advised for warmer locations, because they were less effective when temperatures were around or below freezing. When the heat pump couldn’t match demand, the heating system would then rely on more expensive electric heat as a secondary heat source to keep the house cozy.

With new technology, heat pump systems are now ideal for cold locations. Most can operate smoothly at much colder temperatures, although some might still need a backup heating system if temperatures get too chilly. But it’s essential to be aware that today’s secondary heating equipment can also be more energy-efficient than before.

We’ll review the different types of heat pumps so you can select the right one for your home.

Air Source Heat Pumps: Best for Moderate Locations

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 shift heat from either the indoor air during the warm weather, or outside air during the winter, keeping you comfortable year-round.

With changes in heat pump technology, these systems can now be installed in a large range of climates. But you should know that you will typically have to have a secondary source of warmth if temperatures get colder than 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 throughout your house.

Due to the demand for dual-fuel systems in colder climates, air source heat pumps are ideal locales without wide temperature fluctuations and lower heating needs.

Mini-Split Heat Pumps: Recommended for Rooms Without Ductwork in Chillier Climates

Mini-split heat pumps are one of the most adaptable kinds of heat pumps because they don’t have to have ductwork. This means you can add 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 connects to as many as four quiet, low-profile indoor units mounted on your wall or ceiling. This allows you to have zoned heating and cooling, with precise temperature control in each room.

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

Geothermal Heat Pumps: Recommended for Harsh Temperatures and Big Yards

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

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

It doesn’t have to have a lot of upkeep and is best if you reside in a climate with big temperature swings. In most instances, geothermal does not have to have an auxiliary heating system.

However, you’ll require a large amount of space and the ideal makeup 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 pricier, ongoing energy savings may help the unit pay for itself over time.

Because geothermal is so efficient, using it may qualify you for federal tax credits and other rebates from your area energy provider.

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There’s a reason why we refer to our Strogen's Service Experts heating and cooling specialists 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 quit with heat pump installation. We back our work with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year, since we want you to experience the very best 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 economical than you might be aware. Call us at 603-923-4570 to book your free home comfort assessment right away!


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