What Temps Do Heat Pumps Work In?

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

Previously, heat pumps were only suggested for moderate climates, as 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 residence comfy. 

With modern technology, heat pump systems are now ideal for cold areas. Most can operate smoothly 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 previously. 

We’ll review the differing kinds of heat pumps so you can select the right one for your residence. 

Air Source Heat Pumps: Right for Moderate Climates 

Air source heat pumps are the most used kind of heat pump. They use an outdoor unit and an indoor air handler. These systems shift heat from either the indoor air during the warmer weather, or outside air during colder weather, keeping you comfy no matter the weather. 

With updates in heat pump technology, these systems can now be installed in a large range of climates. But it’s important to know that you will likely need an auxiliary source of warmth if temperatures get colder than 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This may involve a dual-fuel system with a gas furnace. Heating alternates between the two to deliver the most energy-efficient heating comfort across your residence. 

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

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

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

Mini-splits use an outdoor unit that links to as many as four quiet, slim indoor units attached to your wall or ceiling. This allows you to have zoned heating and cooling, with exact 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: Ideal for Harsh Temperatures and Big Yards 

Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of balanced subsurface temperatures to significantly reduce your heating and cooling costs, typically by 25%–50%! These systems have subterranean pipes to shift heat to and from your residence. 

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

It doesn’t need a lot of service and is ideal if you are in a climate where temperatures vary greatly. A lot of the time, geothermal does not need a secondary heating system. 

However, you’ll need a lot of space and the ideal kind of soil to add the underground loops. It’s also important to note that installation costs around $20,000–$25,000 for a 2,500-square foot residence. Although the installation cost is more expensive, lifelong energy savings might help the equipment pay for itself as time passes. 

Because geothermal is so efficient, adding it might make you eligible 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 Falso Service Experts heating and cooling technicians Experts. That’s since they have an A+ when it includes helping homeowners like you choose the best heat pump system for their residence. 

But their service doesn’t stop with heat pump installation. We support our work with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year, since we want you to have the greatest comfort you can get from your new heat pump. 

And keep 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 315-313-6531 to book your free home comfort assessment now! 

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