What Temps Do Heat Pumps Work In?

A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient approaches to heat and cool your the U.S. house. That’s due to the fact they shift warm or cold air, rather than producing it. But not all families have been able to enjoy this energy-saving technology. 

In the past, heat pumps were only recommended for warmer climates, because they weren’t as effective when temperatures were close to or below freezing. When the heat pump couldn’t provide the desired temperature, the heating system would then trigger more expensive electric heat as a secondary heat source to keep the house cozy. 

With updated technology, heat pump systems are now great for chillier locations. Most can work smoothly at much colder temperatures, although some could 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 before. 

We’ll review the different kinds of heat pumps so you can choose the ideal one for your residence. 

Air Source Heat Pumps: Ideal for Moderate Areas 

Air source heat pumps are the most common kind of heat pump. They rely on an outdoor unit and an indoor air handler. These systems shift heat from either the indoor air during the warmer weather, or outside air during colder weather, keeping you cozy throughout the seasons. 

With advances in heat pump technology, these systems can now be added in a wide range of climates. But you should know that you will typically require an emergency source of heating if temperatures go under 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This may include a dual-fuel system with a gas furnace. Heating alternates between the two to deliver the most energy-efficient heating comfort throughout your residence. 

Because of the requirement for dual-fuel systems in chillier climates, air source heat pumps are recommended areas without wide temperature fluctuations and lower heating needs. 

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

Mini-split heat pumps are one of the most adaptable styles of heat pumps because they don’t require ductwork. This means you can install them just about anyplace in your residence, such as a garage or addition. They’re also extremely energy efficient, with the majority achieving ENERGY STAR® status. 

Mini-splits use an outdoor unit that joins to as many as four quiet, small 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 use and move indoors. Depending on the kind you choose, some cold-weather mini-split heat pumps from Mitsubishi can work in temperatures as frigid as -13°F. 

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

Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of steady subsurface temperatures to tremendously lower your heating and cooling bills, usually by 25%–50%! These systems rely on subterranean pipes to transfer heat to and from your residence. 

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

It doesn’t require a lot of maintenance and is best if you reside in an extreme climate. Most of the time, geothermal does not have to have a secondary heating system. 

However, you’ll require a lot of space and the ideal makeup 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 residence. Although the installation cost is more expensive, continuing energy savings could help the equipment pay for itself as time passes. 

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

But their labor doesn’t stop with heat pump installation. We stand behind our services with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year, since we want you to enjoy the highest comfort available from your new heat pump. 

And bear in mind special offers, rebates and financing for qualified customers. Buying a new heat pump is even more economical than you may realize. Call us at 866-397-3787 to book your free home comfort assessment right away! 


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