What Climates Do Heat Pumps Work In?

A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient ways to heat and cool your Ravenna residence. That’s because they move warm or cold air, as opposed to producing it. But not everyone has been able to use this energy-saving technology.

Previously, heat pumps were only recommended for temperate locations, as they lose efficiency when temperatures were near or below freezing. When the heat pump couldn’t meet demand, the heating system would then switch to pricier electric heat as a backup heat source to keep the house cozy.

With new technology, heat pump systems are now ideal for chillier regions. Most can operate well at much colder temperatures, although some may still need an auxiliary heating system if temperatures dip too low. But it’s crucial to note that today’s emergency heating equipment can also be more energy-efficient than in years past.

We’ll discuss the different styles of heat pumps so you can choose the right one for your house.

Air Source Heat Pumps: Right for Moderate Areas

Air source heat pumps are the most common style of heat pump. They use 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 colder weather, keeping you cozy year-round.

With updates in heat pump technology, these systems can now be used in a full range of climates. But keep in mind that you will probably need an auxiliary source of heating if temperatures go below 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This might include a dual-fuel system with a gas furnace. Heating switches between the two to deliver the most energy-efficient heating comfort all over your residence.

As a result of the need for dual-fuel systems in chillier climates, air source heat pumps are recommended locations without large temperature fluctuations and more moderate heating demands.

Mini-Split Heat Pumps: Recommended for Rooms Without Ductwork in Chillier Climates

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

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 gives you the ability to have zoned heating and cooling, with accurate temperature control in each area.

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

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

Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of even subterranean temperatures to drastically decrease your heating and cooling costs, often by 25%–50%! These systems rely on subterranean pipes to shift heat to and from your house.

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

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

However, you’ll need a lot of space and the ideal kind of soil to put in the underground loops. You should also be aware that installation can run around $20,000–$25,000 for a 2,500-square foot home. Although the installation cost is high, lifelong energy savings may help the system pay for itself over the years.

Because geothermal saves a lot of energy, using it may qualify you 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 refer to our Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning heating and cooling pros Experts. That’s since they have an A+ when it comes to helping homeowners like you choose the ideal heat pump system for their house.

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

And don’t forget about special offers, rebates and financing for qualified customers. Buying a new heat pump is even more affordable than you could realize. Call us at 330-236-4793 to schedule your free home comfort assessment now!


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