What Temps Do Heat Pumps Work In?

A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient methods to heat and cool your Columbus residence. That’s due to the fact they transfer warm or cold air, as opposed to creating it. But not everyone has been able to take advantage of this energy-saving technology.

In the past, heat pumps were only recommended for moderate locations, since they weren’t as effective when temperatures were near or below freezing. When the heat pump couldn’t provide the desired temperature, the heating system would then trigger more expensive electric heat as a secondary heat source to keep the home cozy.

With updated technology, heat pump systems are now recommended for cold locations. Most can work well at much lower temperatures, although some may still need a backup heating system if temperatures get too cold. But it’s essential to be aware that today’s backup heating systems can also be more energy-efficient than previously.

We’ll review the differing styles of heat pumps so you can find the best one for your home.

Air Source Heat Pumps: Best for Moderate Climates

Air source heat pumps are the most installed kind of heat pump. They have an outdoor unit and an indoor air handler. These systems shift heat from either the indoor air during the summer, or outside air during cold weather, keeping you comfy no matter the weather.

With changes in heat pump technology, these systems can now be added in a full range of climates. But keep in mind that you will typically need an auxiliary source of warmth if temperatures get colder than 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This may involve a dual-fuel system with a gas furnace. Heating changes between the two to give the most energy-efficient heating comfort all over your home.

Due to the need for dual-fuel systems in cold climates, air source heat pumps are recommended locations without wide temperature fluctuations and more moderate heating needs.

Mini-Split Heat Pumps: Ideal for Rooms Without Ductwork in Chillier Climates

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

Mini-splits work with an outdoor unit that links to as many as four quiet, low-profile indoor units attached to your wall or ceiling. This provides you with 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 send indoors. Depending on the model you select, some cold-weather mini-split heat pumps from Mitsubishi can run in temperatures as low as -13°F.

Geothermal Heat Pumps: Best for Extreme Temperatures and Large Yards

Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of even subterranean temperatures to tremendously reduce your heating and cooling expenses, often by 25%–50%! These systems use underground pipes to transfer heat to and from your home.

Geothermal is quiet and can work a long time—approximately 25 years for the indoor unit and approximately 50 years for the loop.

It doesn’t have to have a lot of maintenance and is great if you live in a climate with big temperature swings. Most of the time, geothermal does not have to have an auxiliary heating system.

However, you’ll require a large amount of space and the right type of soil to install the underground loops. It’s also important to note that installation is around $20,000–$25,000 for a 2,500-square foot residence. Although the installation cost is pricier, long-term energy savings might help the system pay for itself as time passes.

Since geothermal is so efficient, adding it could qualify you for federal tax credits and other rebates from your community energy provider.

We Guarantee You’ll be Pleased with Our Heat Pump Installation

There’s a reason why we named our Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning heating and cooling specialists Experts. That’s due to the fact they have an A+ when it comes to helping homeowners like you find the right heat pump system for their home.

But their service doesn’t stop with heat pump installation. We support our work with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year, as we want you to have the greatest comfort you can receive from your new heat pump.

And bear in mind special offers, rebates and financing for qualified customers. Installing a new heat pump is even more reasonable than you might think it is. Call us at 614-334-3192 to book your free home comfort assessment now!


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