What Temperatures Do Heat Pumps Work In?

A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient methods to heat and cool your Elkhart house. That’s since they shift warm or cold air, instead of making it. But not everyone has been able to enjoy this energy-saving technology.

At one time, heat pumps were only advised for warmer areas, as they weren’t as effective when temperatures were close to or below freezing. When the heat pump couldn’t provide the desired temperature, the heating system would then trigger pricier electric heat as a secondary heat source to keep the home cozy.

With modern technology, heat pump systems are now recommended for chillier areas. Most can run smoothly at much chillier temperatures, although some might still need an auxiliary heating system if temperatures get too chilly. But it’s essential to note that today’s secondary heating systems can also be more energy-efficient than in years past.

We’ll discuss the differing types of heat pumps so you can choose the best one for your house.

Air Source Heat Pumps: Ideal for Moderate Climates

Air source heat pumps are the most used kind of heat pump. They have an outdoor unit and an indoor air handler. These systems move heat from either the indoor air during the warm weather, or outside air during cold weather, keeping you comfortable throughout the seasons.

With updates in heat pump technology, these systems can now be installed in a wide range of climates. But it’s important to be aware that you will likely require a backup source of heating if temperatures go below 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This may entail a dual-fuel system with a gas furnace. Heating changes between the two to provide the most energy-efficient heating comfort across your home.

Due to the need for dual-fuel systems in cold climates, air source heat pumps are best suited for areas without big temperature fluctuations and decreased heating needs.

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

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

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

Outdoor air on even the chilliest days holds some heat that your ductless heat pump can use and move indoors. Depending on the kind you select, some cold-weather mini-split heat pumps from Mitsubishi can run in temperatures as cold as -13°F.

Geothermal Heat Pumps: Ideal for Wide-Ranging Temperatures and Big Yards

Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of stable subterranean temperatures to tremendously decrease your heating and cooling expenses, often by 25%–50%! These systems have underground pipes to move heat to and from your house.

Geothermal isn’t disruptive and can work for years—approximately 25 years for the indoor unit and about 50 years for the loop.

It doesn’t need a lot of upkeep and is ideal if you reside in a climate where temperatures vary greatly. Most of the time, geothermal does not have to have an auxiliary heating system.

However, you’ll need a good amount of space and the correct kind of soil to put in the underground loops. You should also know that installation can run around $20,000–$25,000 for a 2,500-square foot home. Although the installation cost is more expensive, lifelong energy savings might 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 community energy provider.

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

There’s a reason why we refer to our BW/Cook Service Experts heating and cooling professionals Experts. That’s due to the fact they have an A+ when it comes to helping homeowners like you choose the right heat pump system for their house.

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

And don’t forget about special offers, rebates and financing for qualified customers. Getting a new heat pump is even more economical than you may realize. Give us a call at 574-218-6404 to schedule your free home comfort assessment today!


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