What Temperatures Do Heat Pumps Work In?

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

Previously, heat pumps were only recommended for temperate locations, 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 comfy. 

With modern technology, heat pump systems are now ideal for cold areas. Most can run well at much colder temperatures, although some may still need a secondary heating system if temperatures get too cold. But it’s essential to know that today’s backup heating solutions can also be more energy-efficient than before. 

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

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 move heat from either the indoor air during the summer, or outside air during cold weather, keeping you comfy throughout the seasons. 

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

Due to the requirement for dual-fuel systems in chillier climates, air source heat pumps are best suited for areas without big temperature swings and lower heating requirements. 

Mini-Split Heat Pumps: Recommended 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 require ductwork. This means you can use them just about anyplace in your residence, including a garage or addition. They’re also extremely energy efficient, with the majority earning ENERGY STAR® status. 

Mini-splits use an outdoor unit that links to as many as four quiet, low-profile indoor units attached to your wall or ceiling. This gives you the ability 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 use and move indoors. Depending on the type you choose, some cold-weather mini-split heat pumps from Mitsubishi can run in temperatures as cold as -13°F. 

Geothermal Heat Pumps: Recommended for Harsh Temperatures and Big Yards 

Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of balanced subsurface temperatures to significantly lower your heating and cooling costs, usually by 25%–50%! These systems rely on underground pipes to move heat to and from your home. 

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

It doesn’t require a lot of upkeep and is best if you are in a climate where temperatures vary greatly. In most instances, geothermal does not need an auxiliary heating system. 

However, you’ll require a lot of space and the ideal kind of soil to put in the underground loops. It’s also important to note 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 may help the equipment pay for itself as time passes. 

Since geothermal saves a lot of energy, installing it may qualify you 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 BW/Cook Service Experts heating and cooling specialists Experts. That’s since they have an A+ when it includes helping homeowners like you find the ideal heat pump system for their home. 

But their labor doesn’t stop with heat pump installation. We stand behind our work with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year, since we want you to experience the very best 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 economical than you may realize. Call us at 574-218-6404 to request your free home comfort assessment now! 

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