Can I Install a Heat Pump in My Climate?

A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient approaches to heat and cool your Roanoke house. That’s due to the fact they transfer warm or cold air, rather than producing it. But not all families have been able to take advantage of this energy-saving technology.

In the past, heat pumps were only recommended for temperate climates, since they weren’t as effective when temperatures were near or below freezing. When the heat pump couldn’t match demand, the heating system would then switch to pricier electric heat as a backup heat source to keep the home cozy.

With new technology, heat pump systems are now ideal for cold regions. Most can run smoothly at much colder temperatures, although some could still need a secondary heating system if temperatures get too cold. But it’s essential to know that today’s backup heating equipment can also be more energy-efficient than in years past.

We’ll discuss the different types of heat pumps so you can choose the ideal one for your house.

Air Source Heat Pumps: Ideal for Moderate Climates

Air source heat pumps are the most used type of heat pump. They use an outdoor unit and an indoor air handler. These systems shift heat from either the indoor air during the summer, or outside air during colder weather, keeping you comfy throughout the seasons.

With advances in heat pump technology, these systems can now be used in a full 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 might involve a dual-fuel system with a gas furnace. Heating changes between the two to provide the most energy-efficient heating comfort across your house.

Because of the demand for dual-fuel systems in chillier climates, air source heat pumps are recommended locales without big temperature swings and lower heating requirements.

Mini-Split Heat Pumps: Ideal for Spaces Without Ductwork in Cold Climates

Mini-split heat pumps are one of the most flexible types of heat pumps since they don’t need ductwork. This means you can install them just about anyplace in your residence, like a garage or addition. They’re also very energy efficient, with the majority achieving ENERGY STAR® recognition.

Mini-splits use an outdoor unit that links to as many as four quiet, slim indoor units attached to your wall or ceiling. This provides you with zoned heating and cooling, with precise temperature control in each area.

Outdoor air on even the most frigid days contains some heat that your ductless heat pump can capture and transfer indoors. Depending on the kind you choose, some cold-weather mini-split heat pumps from Mitsubishi can work in temperatures as frigid as -13°F.

Geothermal Heat Pumps: Recommended for Harsh Temperatures and Big Yards

Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of even subterranean temperatures to drastically decrease your heating and cooling costs, often by 25%–50%! These systems rely on subterranean pipes to shift heat to and from your residence.

Geothermal doesn’t make a lot of noise and can work a long time—approximately 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 great if you live in a climate with big temperature swings. Most of the time, geothermal does not have to have a backup heating system.

However, you’ll need a large amount of space and the correct kind of soil to put in the underground loops. It’s also important to note that installation can run around $20,000–$25,000 for a 2,500-square foot residence. Although the installation cost is high, ongoing energy savings could help the unit pay for itself over the years.

Since geothermal saves a lot of energy, using it may qualify you for federal tax credits and other rebates from your local energy provider.

We Guarantee You’ll be Pleased with Our Heat Pump Installation

There’s a reason why we named our Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning heating and cooling pros Experts. That’s since they have an A+ when it involves helping homeowners like you select the best heat pump system for their residence.

But their labor doesn’t quit with heat pump installation. We back our job with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year, as we want you to experience the highest comfort you can receive 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 affordable than you may be aware. Call us at 540-302-8645 to request your free home comfort assessment now!


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