What Temperatures Do Heat Pumps Work In?

A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient approaches to heat and cool your Charlotte home. That’s because they shift warm or cold air, rather than creating it. But not all homeowners have been able to enjoy this energy-saving technology.

At one time, heat pumps were only suggested for moderate climates, as they weren’t as effective when temperatures were close to or below freezing. When the heat pump couldn’t match demand, the heating system would then rely on more expensive electric heat as a secondary heat source to keep the home cozy.

With modern technology, heat pump systems are now ideal for cold areas. Most can operate properly at much lower temperatures, although some could still need an auxiliary heating system if temperatures get too chilly. But it’s important to note that today’s secondary heating systems can also be more energy-efficient than before.

We’ll discuss the varying styles of heat pumps so you can find the right one for your residence.

Air Source Heat Pumps: Right for Moderate Climates

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

With changes in heat pump technology, these systems can now be installed in a large range of climates. But it’s important to know that you will typically require a backup source of heating if temperatures get colder than 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This could involve a dual-fuel system with a gas furnace. Heating changes between the two to provide the most energy-efficient heating comfort all over your home.

Because of the demand for dual-fuel systems in cold climates, air source heat pumps are best suited for locations without big temperature fluctuations and decreased heating demands.

Mini-Split Heat Pumps: Best for Rooms Without Ductwork in Chillier Climates

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

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

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

Geothermal Heat Pumps: Ideal for Wide-Ranging Temperatures and Big Yards

Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of steady subsurface temperatures to drastically reduce your heating and cooling bills, usually by 25%–50%! These systems use buried pipes to move heat to and from your home.

Geothermal doesn’t make a lot of noise 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 ideal if you are in a climate where temperatures vary greatly. In most instances, geothermal does not require a secondary heating system.

However, you’ll have to have a good amount of space and the ideal kind of soil to install 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 pricier, ongoing energy savings may help the system pay for itself as time passes.

Since geothermal conserves a lot of energy, adding it might qualify you 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 refer to our Komfort Air Service Experts heating and cooling techs Experts. That’s since they have an A+ when it involves helping homeowners like you find the ideal heat pump system for their house.

But their work doesn’t quit with heat pump installation. We support 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 bear in mind special offers, rebates and financing for qualified customers. Getting a new heat pump is even more economical than you might realize. Give us a call at 704-705-8135 to book your free home comfort assessment today!


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