Can I Have a Heat Pump in My Climate?

A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient ways to heat and cool your Columbia house. That’s due to the fact they transfer warm or cold air, rather than producing it. But not everyone has been able to enjoy this energy-saving technology.

At one time, heat pumps were only suggested for warmer locations, because they lose efficiency when temperatures were around or below freezing. When the heat pump couldn’t match demand, the heating system would then switch to more costly electric heat as an emergency heat source to keep the home comfortable.

With updated technology, heat pump systems are now recommended for colder regions. Most can operate smoothly at much colder temperatures, although some might still need an auxiliary heating system if temperatures get too chilly. But it’s crucial to realize that today’s emergency heating systems can also be more energy-efficient than previously.

We’ll review the varying styles of heat pumps so you can choose the best one for your home.

Air Source Heat Pumps: Right for Moderate Areas

Air source heat pumps are the most common style of heat pump. They have an outdoor unit and an indoor air handler. These systems transfer heat from either the indoor air during the summer, or outside air during cold weather, keeping you comfy no matter the weather.

With changes in heat pump technology, these systems can now be added in a wide range of climates. But you should know that you will probably require an emergency source of warmth if temperatures go below 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This might involve a dual-fuel system with a gas furnace. Heating changes between the two to give the most energy-efficient heating comfort throughout your residence.

As a result of the demand for dual-fuel systems in cold climates, air source heat pumps are ideal locales without large temperature fluctuations and decreased heating requirements.

Mini-Split Heat Pumps: Best for Spaces Without Ductwork in Cold Climates

Mini-split heat pumps are one of the most versatile kinds of heat pumps since they don’t need ductwork. This means you can use them just about in any room in your residence, like a garage or addition. They’re also extremely energy efficient, with many earning ENERGY STAR® status.

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

Outdoor air on even the coldest days holds some heat that your ductless heat pump can use and send 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: Ideal for Harsh Temperatures and Spacious Yards

Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of steady subsurface temperatures to tremendously reduce your heating and cooling bills, usually 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 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 great if you are in a climate with big temperature swings. In most instances, geothermal does not require a backup heating system.

However, you’ll have to have a lot of space and the ideal makeup of soil to add the underground loops. You should also be aware that installation can run around $20,000–$25,000 for a 2,500-square foot house. Although the installation cost is pricier, continuing energy savings may help the system pay for itself as time passes.

Since geothermal conserves a lot of energy, using it might qualify you for federal tax credits and other rebates from your local energy provider.

Your Satisfaction is Guaranteed with Our Heat Pump Installation

There’s a reason why we refer to our Midland Air Service Experts heating and cooling pros Experts. That’s because they have an A+ when it includes helping homeowners like you select the best heat pump system for their residence.

But their service doesn’t stop with heat pump installation. We stand behind our work with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year, as we want you to enjoy the very best comfort available 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 economical than you may be aware. Contact us at 803-399-7208 to schedule your free home comfort assessment now!


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