A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient approaches to heat and cool your Wheeling residence. That’s since they shift warm or cold air, rather than creating it. But not all homeowners have been able to use this energy-saving technology.
Previously, 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 meet demand, the heating system would then rely on more costly electric heat as a secondary heat source to keep the residence comfortable.
With updated technology, heat pump systems are now ideal for cold areas. Most can run well at much colder temperatures, although some might still need a secondary heating system if temperatures get too cold. But it’s essential to know that today’s backup heating solutions can also be more energy-efficient than previously.
We’ll discuss the varying styles of heat pumps so you can find the right one for your residence.
Air source heat pumps are the most used kind of heat pump. They use 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 advances in heat pump technology, these systems can now be used in a wide range of climates. But it’s important to know that you will typically need an auxiliary source of warmth if temperatures get colder than 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This may entail a dual-fuel system with a gas furnace. Heating switches between the two to deliver the most energy-efficient heating comfort across your residence.
Due to the demand for dual-fuel systems in colder climates, air source heat pumps are ideal areas without wide temperature changes and lower heating requirements.
Mini-split heat pumps are one of the most adaptable styles of heat pumps as they don’t need ductwork. This means you can use them just about anyplace in your home, such as a garage or addition. They’re also highly energy efficient, with the majority earning ENERGY STAR® designation.
Mini-splits use an outdoor unit that links to as many as four quiet, low-profile 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 type you choose, some cold-weather mini-split heat pumps from Mitsubishi can run in temperatures as cold as -13°F.
Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of balanced subsurface temperatures to significantly decrease your heating and cooling costs, usually by 25%–50%! These systems use buried pipes to shift heat to and from your residence.
Geothermal doesn’t make a lot of noise and can last for many years—about 25 years for the indoor unit and approximately 50 years for the loop.
It doesn’t need a lot of service and is great if you are in a climate with big temperature swings. Most of the time, geothermal does not need an auxiliary heating system.
However, you’ll need a lot of space and the ideal kind of soil to add the underground loops. It’s also important to note that installation costs around $20,000–$25,000 for a 2,500-square foot residence. Although the installation cost is more expensive, lifelong energy savings might help the equipment pay for itself over the years.
Because geothermal is so efficient, adding it might qualify you for federal tax credits and other rebates from your area energy provider.
There’s a reason why we refer to our Comfort Masters Service Experts heating and cooling professionals Experts. That’s since they have an A+ when it comes to helping homeowners like you choose the best heat pump system for their residence.
But their service doesn’t stop with heat pump installation. We stand behind our work with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year, since we want you to experience the greatest comfort you can receive 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 847-250-6729 to request your free home comfort assessment now!
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