What Climates Do Heat Pumps Work In?

A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient methods to heat and cool your Fort Worth home. That’s since they move warm or cold air, as opposed to producing it. But not all homeowners have been able to enjoy this energy-saving technology. 

In the past, heat pumps were only suggested for temperate areas, since 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 an emergency heat source to keep the home cozy. 

With modern technology, heat pump systems are now ideal for cold areas. Most can work well at much colder temperatures, although some could 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 previously. 

We’ll discuss the different kinds of heat pumps so you can choose the ideal one for your home. 

Air Source Heat Pumps: Right for Moderate Areas 

Air source heat pumps are the most installed 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 summer, or outside air during cold weather, keeping you cozy year-round. 

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 go below 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This may involve a dual-fuel system with a gas furnace. Heating changes between the two to give the most energy-efficient heating comfort across your home. 

Because of the requirement for dual-fuel systems in cold climates, air source heat pumps are best suited for areas without wide temperature changes and more moderate heating requirements. 

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

Mini-split heat pumps are one of the most flexible kinds of heat pumps as they don’t require ductwork. This means you can add them just about anyplace in your home, including a garage or addition. They’re also very energy efficient, with the majority achieving 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 gives you the ability to have 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 model 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 reduce your heating and cooling costs, usually by 25%–50%! These systems have buried pipes to move heat to and from your home. 

Geothermal doesn’t make a lot of noise and can run for many years—about 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 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 home. Although the installation cost is more expensive, lifelong energy savings could help the equipment pay for itself as time passes. 

Because geothermal is so efficient, adding it could make you eligible for federal tax credits and other rebates from your community energy provider. 

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

There’s a reason why we refer to our Calverley Service Experts heating and cooling professionals Experts. That’s since they have an A+ when it involves helping homeowners like you choose the ideal heat pump system for their home. 

But their service doesn’t stop with heat pump installation. We back our job with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year, because we want you to experience the greatest comfort available 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 817-380-5647 to book your free home comfort assessment now! 

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