What Temperatures Do Heat Pumps Work In?

A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient ways to heat and cool your Jackson house. That’s since they move warm or cold air, rather than making it. But not all families have been able to use this energy-saving technology. 

Previously, heat pumps were only suggested for warmer areas, as they weren’t as effective when temperatures were close to 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 house comfy. 

With new technology, heat pump systems are now recommended for cold areas. Most can operate properly at much colder temperatures, although some could 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 styles of heat pumps so you can find the best one for your house. 

Air Source Heat Pumps: Ideal for Moderate Areas 

Air source heat pumps are the most common 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 warmer weather, or outside air during the winter, keeping you comfy 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 likely require an auxiliary source of warmth if temperatures get colder than 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This may include a dual-fuel system with a gas furnace. Heating switches between the two to deliver the most energy-efficient heating comfort across your house. 

Due to the requirement for dual-fuel systems in chillier climates, air source heat pumps are recommended locations without big temperature changes and lower heating requirements. 

Mini-Split Heat Pumps: Ideal for Areas Without Ductwork in Colder Climates 

Mini-split heat pumps are one of the most flexible styles of heat pumps as they don’t require ductwork. This means you can use them just about anyplace in your home, including a garage or addition. They’re also highly energy efficient, with the majority earning ENERGY STAR® status. 

Mini-splits use an outdoor unit that links to as many as four quiet, small indoor units attached to your wall or ceiling. This gives you the ability to have zoned heating and cooling, with accurate temperature control in each space. 

Outdoor air on even the chilliest days has some heat that your ductless heat pump can catch and move indoors. Depending on the kind you go with, some cold-weather mini-split heat pumps from Mitsubishi can operate in temperatures as cold as -13°F. 

Geothermal Heat Pumps: Ideal for Harsh Temperatures and Big Yards 

Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of balanced subsurface temperatures to significantly lower your heating and cooling costs, usually by 25%–50%! These systems use buried pipes to move heat to and from your house. 

Geothermal doesn’t make a lot of noise and can work for many years—about 25 years for the indoor unit and approximately 50 years for the loop. 

It doesn’t require a lot of service and is best 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 large amount of space and the ideal kind of soil to install the underground loops. You should also be aware that installation costs around $20,000–$25,000 for a 2,500-square foot house. Although the installation cost is pricier, lifelong energy savings could help the equipment pay for itself over the years. 

Because geothermal is so efficient, adding 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 refer to our Comfortech Service Experts heating and cooling professionals Experts. That’s since they have an A+ when it includes helping homeowners like you select the best heat pump system for their house. 

But their service doesn’t stop with heat pump installation. We back our work with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year, since we want you to enjoy the greatest 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 reasonable than you may realize. Contact us at 601-852-3105 to request your free home comfort assessment now! 

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