What Climates Do Heat Pumps Work In?

A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient ways to heat and cool your Fort Worth residence. That’s due to the fact they shift warm or cold air, instead of producing it. But not all families have been able to enjoy this energy-saving technology.

At one time, heat pumps were only recommended for moderate locations, since they were less effective when temperatures were near 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 residence comfortable.

With new technology, heat pump systems are now great for chillier areas. Most can operate properly at much lower temperatures, although some may still need a secondary heating system if temperatures dip too low. But it’s crucial to be aware that today’s secondary heating equipment can also be more energy-efficient than previously.

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

Air Source Heat Pumps: Best for Moderate Areas

Air source heat pumps are the most common style of heat pump. They have 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 cold weather, keeping you comfortable year-round.

With changes in heat pump technology, these systems can now be added in a full range of climates. But keep in mind that you will likely need an emergency source of heat if temperatures go under 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 across your residence.

Because of the demand for dual-fuel systems in cold climates, air source heat pumps are recommended locations without wide temperature fluctuations and more moderate heating demands.

Mini-Split Heat Pumps: Ideal for Areas Without Ductwork in Chillier 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 use 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® 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 provides you with zoned heating and cooling, with precise temperature control in each area.

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

Geothermal Heat Pumps: Ideal for Extreme Temperatures and Big Yards

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

Geothermal isn’t disruptive and can work a long time—about 25 years for the indoor unit and around 50 years for the loop.

It doesn’t need a lot of service and is best if you are in a climate where temperatures vary greatly. Most of the time, geothermal does not require a secondary heating system.

However, you’ll require a good amount of space and the correct kind 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 house. Although the installation cost is pricier, lifelong energy savings could help the system pay for itself over time.

Because geothermal saves a lot of energy, using it may entitle you to federal tax credits and other rebates from your area energy provider.

Your Satisfaction is Guaranteed with Our Heat Pump Installation

There’s a reason why we refer to our Stark Services heating and cooling specialists Experts. That’s since they have an A+ when it involves helping homeowners like you find the best heat pump system for their residence.

But their labor doesn’t end with heat pump installation. We support our services with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year, as we want you to have the greatest comfort you can receive 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 economical than you might think it is. Call us at 817-668-6689 to request your free home comfort assessment today!

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