A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient approaches to heat and cool your Wheeling home. That’s since they move warm or cold air, instead of creating it. But not all homeowners have been able to enjoy this energy-saving technology.
At one time, heat pumps were only recommended for moderate areas, as 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 a backup heat source to keep the residence comfy.
With modern technology, heat pump systems are now recommended for cold locations. Most can operate smoothly at much colder temperatures, although some could still need a secondary heating system if temperatures get too chilly. But it’s important to know that today’s emergency heating solutions can also be more energy-efficient than before.
We’ll go over the different styles of heat pumps so you can select the best one for your residence.
Air Source Heat Pumps: Best for Moderate Climates
Air source heat pumps are the most installed style of heat pump. They have an outdoor unit and an indoor air handler. These systems transfer heat from either the indoor air during the warm weather, or outside air during colder weather, keeping you comfortable year-round.
With advances in heat pump technology, these systems can now be added in a full range of climates. But it’s important to know that you will likely need a secondary source of warmth if temperatures go under 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This might entail a dual-fuel system with a gas furnace. Heating changes between the two to give the most energy-efficient heating comfort across your home.
As a result of the requirement for dual-fuel systems in cold climates, air source heat pumps are ideal locations without wide temperature fluctuations and more moderate heating demands.
Mini-Split Heat Pumps: Recommended for Areas Without Ductwork in Chillier Climates
Mini-split heat pumps are one of the most adaptable kinds of heat pumps as they don’t have to have ductwork. This means you can add them just about anyplace in your home, like a garage or addition. They’re also highly energy efficient, with many earning ENERGY STAR® designation.
Mini-splits use an outdoor unit that joins to as many as four quiet, small indoor units attached to your wall or ceiling. This provides you with zoned heating and cooling, with precise temperature control in each space.
Outdoor air on even the most frigid days has some heat that your ductless heat pump can use and move indoors. Depending on the type you go with, some cold-weather mini-split heat pumps from Mitsubishi can run in temperatures as frigid as -13°F.
Geothermal Heat Pumps: Recommended for Harsh Temperatures and Big Yards
Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of balanced subsurface temperatures to drastically lower your heating and cooling expenses, typically by 25%–50%! These systems use underground pipes to move heat to and from your house.
Geothermal doesn’t make a lot of noise and can work a long time—about 25 years for the indoor unit and about 50 years for the loop.
It doesn’t need a lot of upkeep and is best if you live in an extreme climate. A lot of the time, geothermal does not need a backup heating system.
However, you’ll need a lot of space and the ideal kind of soil to add the underground loops. You should also be aware that installation can run around $20,000–$25,000 for a 2,500-square foot house. Although the installation cost is more expensive, continuing energy savings may help the equipment pay for itself over time.
As geothermal is so efficient, installing it might 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 call our Comfort Masters Service Experts heating and cooling pros Experts. That’s due to the fact they have an A+ when it involves helping homeowners like you select the best heat pump system for their home.
But their labor doesn’t stop with heat pump installation. We support our services with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year, as we want you to have 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 affordable than you may think it is. Call us at 847-250-6729 to request your free home comfort assessment today!
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