What Temps Do Heat Pumps Work In?

A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient methods to heat and cool your Gainesville home. That’s since they shift warm or cold air, instead of producing it. But not all families have been able to take advantage of this energy-saving technology.

In the past, heat pumps were only suggested for temperate locations, because they were less effective when temperatures were around or below freezing. When the heat pump couldn’t match demand, the heating system would then switch to more costly electric heat as an emergency heat source to keep the residence comfortable.

With modern technology, heat pump systems are now recommended for chillier locations. Most can operate smoothly at much chillier temperatures, although some could still need a backup heating system if temperatures dip too low. But it’s essential to know that today’s secondary heating systems 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 best one for your home.

Air Source Heat Pumps: Right for Moderate Locations

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

With changes in heat pump technology, these systems can now be installed in a large range of climates. But keep in mind that you will typically require a backup source of heating if temperatures go below 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This could include a dual-fuel system with a gas furnace. Heating alternates between the two to provide the most energy-efficient heating comfort all over your residence.

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

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

Mini-split heat pumps are one of the most adaptable kinds of heat pumps since they don’t have to have ductwork. This means you can add them just about anyplace in your house, including a garage or addition. They’re also very energy efficient, with the majority receiving ENERGY STAR® designation.

Mini-splits have an outdoor unit that connects to as many as four quiet, low-profile indoor units fixed on your wall or ceiling. This allows you to have zoned heating and cooling, with exact temperature control in each room.

Outdoor air on even the coldest days contains some heat that your ductless heat pump can use and transfer indoors. Depending on the type you select, some cold-weather mini-split heat pumps from Mitsubishi can run in temperatures as low as -13°F.

Geothermal Heat Pumps: Best for Wide-Ranging Temperatures and Large Yards

Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of balanced subsurface temperatures to significantly decrease your heating and cooling costs, often by 25%–50%! These systems have buried pipes to transfer heat to and from your home.

Geothermal is quiet and can work for years—about 25 years for the indoor unit and about 50 years for the loop.

It doesn’t need a lot of maintenance and is best if you live in a climate with big temperature swings. A lot of the time, geothermal does not have to have an auxiliary heating system.

However, you’ll have to have a lot of space and the correct makeup of soil to add the underground loops. You should also know that installation can run around $20,000–$25,000 for a 2,500-square foot residence. Although the installation cost is high, long-term energy savings could help the equipment pay for itself as time passes.

Because geothermal is so efficient, installing it may 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 named our Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning heating and cooling techs Experts. That’s due to the fact they have an A+ when it involves helping homeowners like you choose the best heat pump system for their house.

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

And don’t forget about special offers, rebates and financing for qualified customers. Installing a new heat pump is even more economical than you could realize. Give us a call at 352-414-4006 to schedule your free home comfort assessment right away!


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