What Temps Do Heat Pumps Work In?

A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient approaches to heat and cool your Sharonville residence. That’s since they move warm or cold air, rather than creating it. But not all homeowners have been able to use this energy-saving technology. 

Previously, heat pumps were only advised for temperate locations, since they weren’t as effective when temperatures were around or below freezing. When the heat pump couldn’t meet demand, the heating system would then rely on more costly electric heat as an emergency heat source to keep the residence comfy. 

With updated technology, heat pump systems are now recommended for colder areas. Most can work well at much colder temperatures, although some might still need a secondary heating system if temperatures get too cold. But it’s important to know that today’s backup heating solutions can also be more energy-efficient than previously. 

We’ll discuss the varying styles of heat pumps so you can find the best one for your residence. 

Air Source Heat Pumps: Best for Moderate Areas 

Air source heat pumps are the most installed kind of heat pump. They use an outdoor unit and an indoor air handler. These systems move heat from either the indoor air during the summer, or outside air during cold weather, keeping you comfy year-round. 

With updates in heat pump technology, these systems can now be installed in a large range of climates. But it’s important to know that you will likely need an auxiliary source of warmth if temperatures go below 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This may involve a dual-fuel system with a gas furnace. Heating switches between the two to deliver the most energy-efficient heating comfort across your residence. 

As a result of the need for dual-fuel systems in chillier climates, air source heat pumps are ideal locations without big temperature swings and lower heating requirements. 

Mini-Split Heat Pumps: Best for Spaces Without Ductwork in Colder Climates 

Mini-split heat pumps are one of the most flexible styles of heat pumps as they don’t need ductwork. This means you can use them just about anyplace in your home, like a garage or addition. They’re also very energy efficient, with the majority earning ENERGY STAR® designation. 

Mini-splits use an outdoor unit that links to as many as four quiet, low-profile indoor units attached to your wall or ceiling. This gives you the ability to have zoned heating and cooling, with accurate temperature control in each space. 

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

Geothermal Heat Pumps: Best for Harsh Temperatures and Big Yards 

Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of balanced underground temperatures to significantly reduce your heating and cooling costs, usually by 25%–50%! These systems have underground pipes to move heat to and from your residence. 

Geothermal doesn’t make a lot of noise and can work for many years—around 25 years for the indoor unit and approximately 50 years for the loop. 

It doesn’t need 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 a backup heating system. 

However, you’ll need a large amount of space and the correct kind of soil to add the underground loops. You should also know that installation costs around $20,000–$25,000 for a 2,500-square foot residence. Although the installation cost is pricier, lifelong energy savings might help the equipment pay for itself over the years. 

Since geothermal saves a lot of energy, adding it might entitle you to federal tax credits and other rebates from your community energy provider. 

Your Satisfaction is Guaranteed with Our Heat Pump Installation 

There’s a reason why we refer to our Knochelmann Service Experts heating and cooling professionals Experts. That’s since they have an A+ when it comes to helping homeowners like you choose the right heat pump system for their residence. 

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

And keep in mind special offers, rebates and financing for qualified customers. Getting a new heat pump is even more reasonable than you may realize. Call us at 859-905-0834 to book your free home comfort assessment now! 

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