A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient methods to heat and cool your Central home. That’s since they move warm or cold air, rather than making it. But not all homeowners have been able to use this energy-saving technology.
At one time, heat pumps were only recommended for temperate areas, as they weren’t as effective when temperatures were near or below freezing. When the heat pump couldn’t meet demand, the heating system would then rely on more costly electric heat as a backup heat source to keep the home cozy.
With updated technology, heat pump systems are now ideal 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 crucial to know that today’s backup heating solutions can also be more energy-efficient than before.
We’ll go over the varying types of heat pumps so you can select the right one for your home.
Air source heat pumps are the most used 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 warm weather, or outside air during cold weather, keeping you cozy throughout the seasons.
With updates in heat pump technology, these systems can now be used in a wide range of climates. But it’s important to know that you will likely require 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 provide the most energy-efficient heating comfort across your home.
Due to the requirement for dual-fuel systems in colder climates, air source heat pumps are ideal areas without big temperature changes and lower heating requirements.
Mini-split heat pumps are one of the most flexible types of heat pumps as they don’t require ductwork. This means you can install them just about anyplace in your home, such as 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 precise temperature control in each space.
Outdoor air on even the chilliest days has some heat that your ductless heat pump can capture and move indoors. Depending on the type you go with, some cold-weather mini-split heat pumps from Mitsubishi can run in temperatures as cold as -13°F.
Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of balanced subterranean temperatures to significantly reduce your heating and cooling costs, typically by 25%–50%! These systems rely on buried pipes to move heat to and from your home.
Geothermal doesn’t make a lot of noise and can run for years—around 25 years for the indoor unit and approximately 50 years for the loop.
It doesn’t require a lot of service and is ideal if you are in a climate with big temperature swings. A lot of the time, geothermal does not need an auxiliary heating system.
However, you’ll require a good amount of space and the ideal kind of soil to put in the underground loops. It’s also important to note that installation costs around $20,000–$25,000 for a 2,500-square foot home. Although the installation cost is more expensive, lifelong energy savings might help the equipment pay for itself over the years.
Because geothermal saves a lot of energy, using it might make you eligible for federal tax credits and other rebates from your area energy provider.
There’s a reason why we refer to our Rolf Griffin Service Experts heating and cooling techs Experts. That’s since they have an A+ when it comes to helping homeowners like you choose the right heat pump system for their home.
But their work doesn’t stop with heat pump installation. We back our job with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year, because we want you to experience the greatest comfort you can get from your new heat pump.
And keep in mind special offers, rebates and financing for qualified customers. Buying a new heat pump is even more reasonable than you may realize. Contact us at 260-557-1275 to book your free home comfort assessment now!
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