What Temps Do Heat Pumps Work In?

A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient methods to heat and cool your Cleveland house. That’s due to the fact they move warm or cold air, rather than producing it. But not all homeowners have been able to enjoy this energy-saving technology.

At one time, heat pumps were only suggested for warmer climates, since they lose efficiency when temperatures were close to or below freezing. When the heat pump couldn’t match demand, the heating system would then switch to pricier electric heat as a secondary heat source to keep the house comfortable.

With updated technology, heat pump systems are now recommended for colder locations. Most can work smoothly at much colder temperatures, although some might still need an auxiliary heating system if temperatures dip too low. But it’s important to know that today’s secondary heating equipment can also be more energy-efficient than before.

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

Air Source Heat Pumps: Ideal for Moderate Areas

Air source heat pumps are the most installed 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 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 wide range of climates. But you should know that you will probably have to have a backup source of heat if temperatures go under 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This might entail a dual-fuel system with a gas furnace. Heating changes between the two to provide 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 ideal locations without large temperature changes and lower heating demands.

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

Mini-split heat pumps are one of the most versatile styles of heat pumps since they don’t require ductwork. This means you can add them just about in any room in your residence, including a garage or addition. They’re also very energy efficient, with many receiving ENERGY STAR® designation.

Mini-splits use 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 most frigid days holds some heat that your ductless heat pump can use and send indoors. Depending on the kind 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 Wide-Ranging Temperatures and Big Yards

Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of even subterranean temperatures to tremendously reduce your heating and cooling costs, often by 25%–50%! These systems have underground pipes to shift heat to and from your house.

Geothermal doesn’t make a lot of noise and can work a long time—about 25 years for the indoor unit and around 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 have to have an auxiliary heating system.

However, you’ll require a lot of space and the right type 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 home. Although the installation cost is pricier, long-term energy savings may help the geothermal pay for itself as time passes.

As geothermal conserves a lot of energy, adding it might make you eligible for federal tax credits and other rebates from your local energy provider.

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

There’s a reason why we named our Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning heating and cooling technicians Experts. That’s since they have an A+ when it comes to helping homeowners like you choose the best heat pump system for their house.

But their work doesn’t stop with heat pump installation. We stand behind our work with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year, as we want you to enjoy the very best 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 affordable than you could realize. Call us at 440-252-1375 to book your free home comfort assessment today!


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