A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient ways to heat and cool your Fort Wayne house. That’s because they transfer warm or cold air, as opposed to producing it. But not everyone has been able to take advantage of this energy-saving technology.
In the past, heat pumps were only suggested for warmer climates, because they lose efficiency when temperatures were near or below freezing. When the heat pump couldn’t keep up, the heating system would then switch to pricier electric heat as an emergency heat source to keep the house comfy.
With modern technology, heat pump systems are now recommended for colder areas. Most can work smoothly at much chillier temperatures, although some could still need a backup heating system if temperatures get too cold. But it’s crucial to note that today’s backup heating systems can also be more energy-efficient than previously.
We’ll go over the varying styles of heat pumps so you can select the right one for your home.
Air Source Heat Pumps: Right for Moderate Locations
Air source heat pumps are the most installed kind of heat pump. They have an outdoor unit and an indoor air handler. These systems move heat from either the indoor air during the summer, or outside air during the winter, keeping you comfy no matter the weather.
With advances in heat pump technology, these systems can now be installed in a large range of climates. But it’s important to be aware that you will likely have to have a secondary source of heating if temperatures go under 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This may include a dual-fuel system with a gas furnace. Heating changes between the two to deliver the most energy-efficient heating comfort across your house.
Because of the demand for dual-fuel systems in cold climates, air source heat pumps are ideal locations without wide temperature swings and lower heating needs.
Mini-Split Heat Pumps: Recommended for Rooms Without Ductwork in Colder Climates
Mini-split heat pumps are one of the most versatile types of heat pumps as they don’t require ductwork. This means you can add them just about anyplace in your home, including a garage or addition. They’re also extremely energy efficient, with the majority earning ENERGY STAR® designation.
Mini-splits have 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 exact temperature control in each area.
Outdoor air on even the chilliest days contains some heat that your ductless heat pump can capture and move indoors. Depending on the model you choose, some cold-weather mini-split heat pumps from Mitsubishi can work in temperatures as low as -13°F.
Geothermal Heat Pumps: Ideal for Wide-Ranging Temperatures and Big Yards
Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of steady subterranean temperatures to drastically decrease your heating and cooling expenses, usually by 25%–50%! These systems use subterranean pipes to shift heat to and from your house.
Geothermal is quiet and can run for years—around 25 years for the indoor unit and approximately 50 years for the loop.
It doesn’t have to have a lot of upkeep and is ideal if you reside in a climate where temperatures vary greatly. Most of the time, geothermal does not require a backup heating system.
However, you’ll require a good amount of space and the correct type 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 more expensive, long-term energy savings might help the geothermal pay for itself over the years.
Because geothermal conserves a lot of energy, using it could make you eligible for 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 Rolf Griffin Service Experts heating and cooling techs Experts. That’s due to the fact they have an A+ when it involves helping homeowners like you select the best heat pump system for their house.
But their service doesn’t quit with heat pump installation. We support our services with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year, as we want you to experience the highest comfort you can get 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 may think it is. Give us a call at 260-557-1275 to request your free home comfort assessment right away!
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