A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient methods to heat and cool your Longmont house. That’s since they move warm or cold air, rather than making it. But not everyone has been able to take advantage of this energy-saving technology.
In the past, heat pumps were only advised for temperate climates, because they weren’t as effective when temperatures were near or below freezing. When the heat pump couldn’t provide the desired temperature, the heating system would then switch to more expensive electric heat as a secondary heat source to keep the house cozy.
With new technology, heat pump systems are now ideal for colder locations. Most can work properly at much chillier 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 backup heating solutions can also be more energy-efficient than before.
We’ll discuss the different types of heat pumps so you can find the ideal one for your home.
Air Source Heat Pumps: Best for Moderate Climates
Air source heat pumps are the most common type of heat pump. They use an outdoor unit and an indoor air handler. These systems transfer heat from either the indoor air during the warmer weather, or outside air during cold weather, keeping you comfy throughout the seasons.
With advances in heat pump technology, these systems can now be installed in a full range of climates. But you should know that you will typically have to have a secondary source of warmth if temperatures go below 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This could involve a dual-fuel system with a gas furnace. Heating switches between the two to give the most energy-efficient heating comfort all over your house.
Due to the demand for dual-fuel systems in colder climates, air source heat pumps are ideal locales without big temperature changes and more moderate heating demands.
Mini-Split Heat Pumps: Ideal for Rooms Without Ductwork in Colder Climates
Mini-split heat pumps are one of the most versatile kinds of heat pumps because they don’t need ductwork. This means you can install them just about anywhere in your home, including a garage or addition. They’re also extremely energy efficient, with many achieving ENERGY STAR® recognition.
Mini-splits work with an outdoor unit that joins 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 accurate temperature control in each room.
Outdoor air on even the most frigid days contains some heat that your ductless heat pump can catch and move indoors. Depending on the kind you choose, some cold-weather mini-split heat pumps from Mitsubishi can operate in temperatures as cold as -13°F.
Geothermal Heat Pumps: Recommended for Wide-Ranging Temperatures and Spacious Yards
Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of even underground temperatures to drastically lower your heating and cooling expenses, typically by 25%–50%! These systems use underground pipes to move heat to and from your house.
Geothermal isn’t disruptive and can last a long time—approximately 25 years for the indoor unit and around 50 years for the loop.
It doesn’t require a lot of service and is great if you are in a climate with big temperature swings. Most of the time, geothermal does not need an auxiliary heating system.
However, you’ll have to have a lot of space and the ideal kind of soil to install the underground loops. It’s also important to note that installation can run around $20,000–$25,000 for a 2,500-square foot house. Although the installation cost is high, ongoing energy savings could help the unit pay for itself as time passes.
As geothermal is so efficient, using it may entitle you to federal tax credits and other rebates from your community energy provider.
We Guarantee You’ll Be Satisfied with Our Heat Pump Installation
There’s a reason why we call our Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning heating and cooling technicians Experts. That’s because they have an A+ when it includes helping homeowners like you select the best heat pump system for their residence.
But their service doesn’t stop with heat pump installation. We support our work 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 keep in mind special offers, rebates and financing for qualified customers. Installing a new heat pump is even more affordable than you could be aware. Call us at 303-647-5749 to schedule your free home comfort assessment right away!
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