A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient ways to heat and cool your Girard house. That’s since they shift warm or cold air, instead of producing it. But not all homeowners have been able to enjoy this energy-saving technology.
At one time, heat pumps were only suggested for moderate areas, because they weren’t as effective when temperatures were around or below freezing. When the heat pump couldn’t keep up, the heating system would then switch to pricier electric heat as a secondary heat source to keep the house comfortable.
With new technology, heat pump systems are now ideal for chillier areas. Most can operate smoothly at much chillier temperatures, although some may still need a backup heating system if temperatures dip too low. But it’s essential to know that today’s backup heating equipment can also be more energy-efficient than in years past.
We’ll review the different kinds of heat pumps so you can select the ideal one for your residence.
Air Source Heat Pumps: Right for Moderate Areas
Air source heat pumps are the most used type of heat pump. They have an outdoor unit and an indoor air handler. These systems shift heat from either the indoor air during the warm weather, or outside air during colder weather, keeping you cozy year-round.
With changes in heat pump technology, these systems can now be used in a full range of climates. But it’s important to be aware that you will probably have to have a backup source of heating if temperatures go below 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This could include a dual-fuel system with a gas furnace. Heating switches between the two to give the most energy-efficient heating comfort all over your residence.
Due to the demand for dual-fuel systems in chillier climates, air source heat pumps are best suited for locations without wide temperature changes and lower heating needs.
Mini-Split Heat Pumps: Best for Spaces Without Ductwork in Chillier Climates
Mini-split heat pumps are one of the most versatile types of heat pumps as they don’t require ductwork. This means you can add them just about anyplace in your house, like a garage or addition. They’re also extremely energy efficient, with the majority earning ENERGY STAR® recognition.
Mini-splits work with an outdoor unit that connects to as many as four quiet, slim indoor units attached to your wall or ceiling. This allows you to have zoned heating and cooling, with exact temperature control in each space.
Outdoor air on even the coldest days contains some heat that your ductless heat pump can catch and move indoors. Depending on the type you select, some cold-weather mini-split heat pumps from Mitsubishi can work in temperatures as low as -13°F.
Geothermal Heat Pumps: Best for Extreme Temperatures and Big Yards
Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of steady subsurface temperatures to drastically decrease your heating and cooling expenses, often by 25%–50%! These systems rely on subterranean pipes to shift heat to and from your house.
Geothermal is quiet and can run 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 reside in a climate with big temperature swings. Most of the time, geothermal does not have to have a secondary heating system.
However, you’ll need a good amount of space and the correct type of soil to add the underground loops. You should also be aware that installation can run around $20,000–$25,000 for a 2,500-square foot house. Although the installation cost is high, continuing energy savings could help the system pay for itself as time passes.
As geothermal saves a lot of energy, using it may qualify you for federal tax credits and other rebates from your local energy provider.
Your Satisfaction is Guaranteed with Our Heat Pump Installation
There’s a reason why we refer to our Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning heating and cooling specialists Experts. That’s since they have an A+ when it comes to helping homeowners like you choose the ideal heat pump system for their residence.
But their labor 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 highest comfort you can receive 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 economical than you may think it is. Give us a call at 330-269-7235 to schedule your free home comfort assessment right away!
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