What Temps Do Heat Pumps Work In?

A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient approaches to heat and cool your Columbia residence. That’s since they transfer warm or cold air, rather than making it. But not all homeowners have been able to take advantage of this energy-saving technology. 

Previously, heat pumps were only recommended for temperate locations, as they weren’t as effective when temperatures were around or below freezing. When the heat pump couldn’t meet demand, the heating system would then rely on more costly electric heat as a secondary heat source to keep the residence comfy. 

With updated technology, heat pump systems are now great for cold areas. Most can work smoothly at much colder temperatures, although some might still need a secondary heating system if temperatures get too cold. But it’s important 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 choose the ideal one for your residence. 

Air Source Heat Pumps: Ideal for Moderate Areas 

Air source heat pumps are the most common kind of heat pump. They use an outdoor unit and an indoor air handler. These systems transfer heat from either the indoor air during the warmer weather, or outside air during the winter, keeping you comfy throughout the seasons. 

With updates 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 probably require an auxiliary source of warmth if temperatures get colder than 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This may entail a dual-fuel system with a gas furnace. Heating switches between the two to provide the most energy-efficient heating comfort across your residence. 

Because of the requirement for dual-fuel systems in chillier climates, air source heat pumps are ideal locations without big temperature swings and lower heating requirements. 

Mini-Split Heat Pumps: Ideal for Spaces Without Ductwork in Colder Climates 

Mini-split heat pumps are one of the most versatile kinds of heat pumps as they don’t require ductwork. This means you can install them just about anyplace in your home, like a garage or addition. They’re also very energy efficient, with the majority achieving ENERGY STAR® recognition. 

Mini-splits work with 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 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 type you select, some cold-weather mini-split heat pumps from Mitsubishi can work in temperatures as cold as -13°F. 

Geothermal Heat Pumps: Ideal for Harsh Temperatures and Big Yards 

Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of balanced subterranean temperatures to significantly lower your heating and cooling costs, often by 25%–50%! These systems have buried pipes to transfer heat to and from your residence. 

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

It doesn’t require a lot of maintenance and is ideal if you are in a climate with big temperature swings. A lot of the time, geothermal does not need an auxiliary heating system. 

However, you’ll require a good amount of space and the ideal 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 residence. Although the installation cost is pricier, lifelong energy savings might help the equipment pay for itself as time passes. 

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

We Guarantee You’ll be Pleased with Our Heat Pump Installation 

There’s a reason why we refer to our Midland Air Service Experts heating and cooling professionals Experts. That’s since they have an A+ when it involves helping homeowners like you find the ideal 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, because we want you to experience the greatest comfort you can get 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 affordable than you may realize. Contact us at 803-399-7208 to book your free home comfort assessment now! 


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