What Climates Do Heat Pumps Work In?

A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient approaches to heat and cool your Rochester house. That’s since they move warm or cold air, instead of making it. But not all homeowners have been able to use this energy-saving technology. 

In the past, heat pumps were only suggested for moderate 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 comfy. 

With new technology, heat pump systems are now ideal for cold areas. Most can operate well at much colder temperatures, although some may still need a secondary heating system if temperatures get too cold. But it’s essential to know that today’s backup heating solutions can also be more energy-efficient than in years past. 

We’ll review the differing types of heat pumps so you can select the best one for your house. 

Air Source Heat Pumps: Best for Moderate Areas 

Air source heat pumps are the most used 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 colder weather, keeping you comfy throughout the seasons. 

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 typically require an auxiliary source of warmth if temperatures get colder than 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This may include a dual-fuel system with a gas furnace. Heating switches between the two to deliver the most energy-efficient heating comfort across your house. 

Due to the need for dual-fuel systems in chillier climates, air source heat pumps are ideal areas without big temperature swings and lower heating requirements. 

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

Mini-split heat pumps are one of the most flexible types of heat pumps as they don’t require ductwork. This means you can add them just about anyplace in your residence, such as a garage or addition. They’re also very energy efficient, with the majority achieving ENERGY STAR® status. 

Mini-splits use an outdoor unit that links to as many as four quiet, small indoor units attached to your wall or ceiling. This provides you with zoned heating and cooling, with precise temperature control in each space. 

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

Geothermal Heat Pumps: Ideal for Harsh Temperatures and Big Yards 

Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of balanced subsurface temperatures to significantly reduce your heating and cooling costs, often by 25%–50%! These systems have underground 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 about 50 years for the loop. 

It doesn’t require a lot of service and is great if you are in a climate with big temperature swings. Most of the time, geothermal does not need a backup heating system. 

However, you’ll require a good amount of space and the ideal kind of soil to put in 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 pricier, lifelong energy savings may help the equipment pay for itself over the years. 

Since geothermal saves a lot of energy, adding it may make you eligible for federal tax credits and other rebates from your local energy provider. 

We Guarantee You’ll Be Satisfied with Our Heat Pump Installation 

There’s a reason why we refer to our Strogen's Service Experts heating and cooling techs Experts. That’s since they have an A+ when it includes helping homeowners like you select the best heat pump system for their house. 

But their service doesn’t stop with heat pump installation. We stand behind our work with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year, since we want you to have the greatest comfort you can receive 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 realize. Give us a call at 603-923-4570 to book your free home comfort assessment now! 

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