What Temps Do Heat Pumps Work In?

A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient ways to heat and cool your La Porte residence. That’s due to the fact they transfer warm or cold air, instead of creating it. But not everyone has been able to enjoy this energy-saving technology.

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

With modern technology, heat pump systems are now recommended for colder locations. Most can run smoothly at much lower temperatures, although some might still need an auxiliary heating system if temperatures get too chilly. But it’s essential to be aware that today’s emergency heating systems can also be more energy-efficient than before.

We’ll review the differing styles of heat pumps so you can choose the ideal one for your house.

Air Source Heat Pumps: Right for Moderate Climates

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 colder weather, keeping you cozy throughout the seasons.

With changes in heat pump technology, these systems can now be added in a large range of climates. But it’s important to know that you will typically require an emergency source of warmth if temperatures get colder than 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This could include a dual-fuel system with a gas furnace. Heating changes between the two to give the most energy-efficient heating comfort all over your residence.

As a result of the demand for dual-fuel systems in chillier climates, air source heat pumps are best suited for areas without large temperature changes and lower heating needs.

Mini-Split Heat Pumps: Ideal for Spaces 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 anywhere in your house, such as a garage or addition. They’re also very energy efficient, with many receiving ENERGY STAR® status.

Mini-splits work with an outdoor unit that joins 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 precise temperature control in each room.

Outdoor air on even the most frigid days has some heat that your ductless heat pump can catch and send indoors. Depending on the type you go with, some cold-weather mini-split heat pumps from Mitsubishi can operate in temperatures as cold as -13°F.

Geothermal Heat Pumps: Recommended for Harsh Temperatures and Large Yards

Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of even subterranean temperatures to significantly lower your heating and cooling bills, often by 25%–50%! These systems have buried pipes to shift heat to and from your residence.

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

It doesn’t need a lot of maintenance and is great if you live in an extreme climate. In most instances, geothermal does not have to have a secondary heating system.

However, you’ll require a good amount of space and the right makeup of soil to add the underground loops. You should also know that installation is around $20,000–$25,000 for a 2,500-square foot residence. Although the installation cost is more expensive, long-term energy savings might help the system pay for itself over time.

As geothermal is so efficient, using it may qualify you for federal tax credits and other rebates from your local energy provider.

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

There’s a reason why we named our Finch Air Conditioning & Heating heating and cooling specialists Experts. That’s due to the fact they have an A+ when it involves helping homeowners like you choose the ideal heat pump system for their home.

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

And don’t forget about special offers, rebates and financing for qualified customers. Installing a new heat pump is even more reasonable than you could think it is. Contact us at 281-407-9478 to schedule your free home comfort assessment right away!


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