What Temps Do Heat Pumps Work In?

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

In the past, heat pumps were only suggested for warmer areas, since they weren’t as effective when temperatures were around or below freezing. When the heat pump couldn’t meet demand, the heating system would then rely on more costly electric heat as an emergency heat source to keep the house comfy. 

With updated technology, heat pump systems are now recommended for cold areas. Most can operate smoothly 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 before. 

We’ll go over the different kinds of heat pumps so you can choose the ideal one for your house. 

Air Source Heat Pumps: Best for Moderate Areas 

Air source heat pumps are the most installed kind of heat pump. They use an outdoor unit and an indoor air handler. These systems transfer heat from either the indoor air during the warmer weather, or outside air during colder weather, keeping you comfy year-round. 

With updates 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 probably require an auxiliary source of warmth if temperatures go below 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This may involve 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 cold climates, air source heat pumps are best suited for areas without wide temperature changes and decreased heating requirements. 

Mini-Split Heat Pumps: Best for Spaces Without Ductwork in Colder Climates 

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

Mini-splits work with an outdoor unit that links to as many as four quiet, slim 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 chilliest days has some heat that your ductless heat pump can capture 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: Best for Harsh Temperatures and Big Yards 

Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of balanced subterranean temperatures to significantly reduce your heating and cooling costs, often by 25%–50%! These systems have buried pipes to transfer heat to and from your house. 

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

It doesn’t require a lot of service and is ideal if you are in a climate with big temperature swings. Most of the time, geothermal does not need a secondary heating system. 

However, you’ll require a large amount of space and the right 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 house. Although the installation cost is more expensive, lifelong energy savings might help the equipment pay for itself over time. 

Because geothermal saves 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 Roland J. Down Service Experts heating and cooling pros Experts. That’s since they have an A+ when it includes helping homeowners like you select the right heat pump system for their house. 

But their work doesn’t stop with heat pump installation. We back our job with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year, as we want you to enjoy the highest comfort available from your new heat pump. 

And keep 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 518-417-2938 to request your free home comfort assessment now! 

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