What Temperatures Do Heat Pumps Work In?

A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient approaches to heat and cool your Orlando home. That’s since they shift warm or cold air, instead of 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 moderate areas, since they weren’t as effective when temperatures were near or below freezing. When the heat pump couldn’t keep up, the heating system would then rely on more costly electric heat as a secondary heat source to keep the residence comfy.

With updated technology, heat pump systems are now great for colder areas. Most can run smoothly at much chillier temperatures, although some might still need a secondary heating system if temperatures get too cold. But it’s important to note that today’s auxiliary heating equipment can also be more energy-efficient than in years past.

We’ll go over the varying styles of heat pumps so you can select the ideal one for your house.

Air Source Heat Pumps: Ideal 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 shift heat from either the indoor air during the warmer weather, or outside air during cold weather, keeping you comfy no matter the weather.

With updates in heat pump technology, these systems can now be used in a wide range of climates. But it’s important to be aware that you will probably need an auxiliary source of warmth if temperatures get colder than 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 all over your home.

As a result of the requirement for dual-fuel systems in chillier climates, air source heat pumps are best suited for locations without wide temperature fluctuations and more moderate heating needs.

Mini-Split Heat Pumps: Recommended for Areas Without Ductwork in Cold Climates

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

Mini-splits work with 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 area.

Outdoor air on even the coldest 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 low as -13°F.

Geothermal Heat Pumps: Recommended for Harsh Temperatures and Large Yards

Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of even underground temperatures to drastically decrease your heating and cooling bills, often by 25%–50%! These systems use underground pipes to move heat to and from your residence.

Geothermal doesn’t make a lot of noise and can work a long time—about 25 years for the indoor unit and about 50 years for the loop.

It doesn’t need a lot of maintenance and is great if you are in a climate where temperatures vary greatly. Most of the time, geothermal does not have to have an auxiliary heating system.

However, you’ll have to have a large amount of space and the correct makeup of soil to install the underground loops. You should also be aware that installation is around $20,000–$25,000 for a 2,500-square foot home. Although the installation cost is more expensive, lifelong energy savings may help the system pay for itself as time passes.

Because geothermal is so efficient, adding it might entitle you to federal tax credits and other rebates from your area 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 since they have an A+ when it includes helping homeowners like you select the right heat pump system for their residence.

But their work doesn’t end with heat pump installation. We stand behind our work with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year, because we want you to have the highest comfort available from your new heat pump.

And bear in mind special offers, rebates and financing for qualified customers. Getting a new heat pump is even more economical than you could realize. Contact us at 407-329-7661 to schedule your free home comfort assessment now!


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