What Climates Do Heat Pumps Work In?

A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient ways to heat and cool your Edmonton residence. That’s since they transfer warm or cold air, as opposed to making it. But not everyone has been able to take advantage of this energy-saving technology.

In the past, heat pumps were only recommended for warmer areas, as they lose efficiency when temperatures were close to or below freezing. When the heat pump couldn’t match demand, the heating system would then rely on more costly electric heat as a backup heat source to keep the home comfortable.

With updated technology, heat pump systems are now great for colder locations. Most can run smoothly at much colder temperatures, although some may still need a secondary heating system if temperatures get too cold. But it’s crucial to know that today’s emergency heating solutions can also be more energy-efficient than in years past.

We’ll review the differing kinds of heat pumps so you can select the ideal one for your home.

Air Source Heat Pumps: Right for Moderate Locations

Air source heat pumps are the most common type 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 warmer weather, or outside air during the winter, keeping you cozy year-round.

With changes in heat pump technology, these systems can now be installed in a large range of climates. But it’s important to be aware that you will typically need an emergency source of warmth if temperatures go below 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This could entail a dual-fuel system with a gas furnace. Heating alternates between the two to provide the most energy-efficient heating comfort across your residence.

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

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

Mini-split heat pumps are one of the most versatile styles of heat pumps as they don’t need ductwork. This means you can add them just about in any room in your residence, such as a garage or addition. They’re also highly energy efficient, with the majority earning ENERGY STAR® recognition.

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

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

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

Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of stable underground temperatures to tremendously decrease your heating and cooling bills, usually by 25%–50%! These systems rely on buried pipes to transfer heat to and from your home.

Geothermal isn’t disruptive and can last for many years—around 25 years for the indoor unit and around 50 years for the loop.

It doesn’t have to have a lot of service and is ideal if you live in an extreme climate. A lot of the time, geothermal does not have to have an auxiliary heating system.

However, you’ll need a lot of space and the right type of soil to install the underground loops. You should also know that installation costs around $20,000–$25,000 for a 2,500-square foot home. Although the installation cost is more expensive, continuing energy savings could help the geothermal pay for itself as time passes.

Because geothermal conserves a lot of energy, adding it could entitle you to 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 named our Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning heating and cooling pros Experts. That’s due to the fact they have an A+ when it comes to helping homeowners like you find the best heat pump system for their residence.

But their work doesn’t quit with heat pump installation. We back our services with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year, since we want you to enjoy the very best comfort you can receive from your new heat pump.

And bear in mind special offers, rebates and financing for qualified customers. Installing a new heat pump is even more economical than you could think it is. Give us a call at 587-404-0790 to schedule your free home comfort assessment today!

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