A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient ways to heat and cool your Albany residence. That’s because they move warm or cold air, instead of making it. But not everyone has been able to use this energy-saving technology.
Previously, heat pumps were only advised for warmer locations, because they were less 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 an emergency heat source to keep the house cozy.
With new technology, heat pump systems are now recommended for colder areas. Most can operate well at much lower temperatures, although some could still need a secondary heating system if temperatures get too cold. But it’s important to know that today’s backup heating systems can also be more energy-efficient than previously.
We’ll go over the varying styles of heat pumps so you can choose the ideal one for your residence.
Air Source Heat Pumps: Right for Moderate Locations
Air source heat pumps are the most used type of heat pump. They rely on an outdoor unit and an indoor air handler. These systems move heat from either the indoor air during the summer, or outside air during cold 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 keep in mind that you will likely have to have an auxiliary source of heat if temperatures get colder than 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This might involve a dual-fuel system with a gas furnace. Heating switches between the two to give the most energy-efficient heating comfort all over your house.
Because of the demand for dual-fuel systems in colder climates, air source heat pumps are recommended locations without big temperature changes and decreased heating requirements.
Mini-Split Heat Pumps: Ideal for Spaces Without Ductwork in Chillier Climates
Mini-split heat pumps are one of the most versatile kinds of heat pumps as they don’t have to have ductwork. This means you can use them just about in any room in your home, such as a garage or addition. They’re also highly energy efficient, with the majority receiving ENERGY STAR® designation.
Mini-splits work with an outdoor unit that connects to as many as four quiet, slim indoor units fixed on your wall or ceiling. This provides you with zoned heating and cooling, with precise temperature control in each area.
Outdoor air on even the chilliest days holds some heat that your ductless heat pump can use and send indoors. Depending on the type you select, some cold-weather mini-split heat pumps from Mitsubishi can run in temperatures as frigid as -13°F.
Geothermal Heat Pumps: Ideal for Harsh Temperatures and Big Yards
Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of balanced underground temperatures to drastically reduce your heating and cooling bills, often by 25%–50%! These systems rely on subterranean pipes to shift heat to and from your house.
Geothermal is quiet and can last for many years—approximately 25 years for the indoor unit and around 50 years for the loop.
It doesn’t require a lot of maintenance and is best if you live in a climate where temperatures vary greatly. In most instances, geothermal does not have to have an auxiliary heating system.
However, you’ll have to have a lot of space and the correct 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 house. Although the installation cost is pricier, long-term energy savings could help the equipment pay for itself as time passes.
Since geothermal conserves a lot of energy, using it could entitle you to federal tax credits and other rebates from your area energy provider.
We Guarantee You’ll be Pleased with Our Heat Pump Installation
There’s a reason why we call our Roland J. Down Service Experts heating and cooling techs Experts. That’s because they have an A+ when it includes helping homeowners like you select the right heat pump system for their residence.
But their service doesn’t end with heat pump installation. We stand behind our work with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year, because we want you to have the highest comfort you can receive from your new heat pump.
And don’t forget about special offers, rebates and financing for qualified customers. Buying a new heat pump is even more reasonable than you might be aware. Give us a call at 518-417-2938 to book your free home comfort assessment now!
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