What Climates Do Heat Pumps Work In?

A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient methods to heat and cool your Buffalo residence. That’s due to the fact they move warm or cold air, rather than making it. But not all families have been able to take advantage of this energy-saving technology.

In the past, heat pumps were only suggested for moderate locations, since they were less effective when temperatures were near or below freezing. When the heat pump couldn’t meet demand, the heating system would then trigger more expensive electric heat as a secondary heat source to keep the residence comfortable.

With new technology, heat pump systems are now recommended for cold areas. Most can operate smoothly at much lower temperatures, although some might still need a secondary heating system if temperatures get too cold. But it’s important to be aware that today’s secondary heating systems can also be more energy-efficient than in years past.

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

Air Source Heat Pumps: Ideal for Moderate Areas

Air source heat pumps are the most installed style of heat pump. They rely on an outdoor unit and an indoor air handler. These systems move heat from either the indoor air during the summer, or outside air during colder weather, keeping you cozy year-round.

With updates in heat pump technology, these systems can now be installed in a wide range of climates. But you should know that you will typically need an auxiliary source of warmth if temperatures go below 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This might involve a dual-fuel system with a gas furnace. Heating alternates between the two to give the most energy-efficient heating comfort all over your house.

Due to the need for dual-fuel systems in chillier climates, air source heat pumps are best suited for areas without wide temperature changes and more moderate heating needs.

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

Mini-split heat pumps are one of the most versatile styles of heat pumps because they don’t have to have ductwork. This means you can use them just about in any room in your house, including a garage or addition. They’re also highly energy efficient, with the majority achieving ENERGY STAR® status.

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

Outdoor air on even the coldest days contains 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 frigid as -13°F.

Geothermal Heat Pumps: Recommended for Harsh Temperatures and Big Yards

Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of stable subterranean temperatures to drastically lower your heating and cooling bills, typically by 25%–50%! These systems use subterranean pipes to move heat to and from your home.

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

It doesn’t need a lot of service and is best if you live in a climate where temperatures vary greatly. Most of the time, geothermal does not have to have a secondary heating system.

However, you’ll have to have a good amount of space and the right makeup of soil to install the underground loops. You should also know that installation can run around $20,000–$25,000 for a 2,500-square foot residence. Although the installation cost is high, long-term energy savings could help the geothermal pay for itself over the years.

Since geothermal is so efficient, using it could make you eligible for federal tax credits and other rebates from your area energy provider.

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

There’s a reason why we refer to our Sunbeam Service Experts heating and cooling techs Experts. That’s because they have an A+ when it comes to helping homeowners like you choose the ideal heat pump system for their house.

But their work doesn’t stop with heat pump installation. We back our job with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year, as we want you to enjoy the highest comfort you can get from your new heat pump.

And don’t forget about special offers, rebates and financing for qualified customers. Buying a new heat pump is even more reasonable than you could think it is. Contact us at 716-427-6807 to schedule your free home comfort assessment now!


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