What Climates Do Heat Pumps Work In?

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

In the past, heat pumps were only suggested for warmer areas, as they weren’t as effective when temperatures were near 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 comfortable. 

With updated technology, heat pump systems are now ideal for cold areas. Most can work well at much colder temperatures, although some may 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 in years past. 

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

Air Source Heat Pumps: Right for Moderate Climates 

Air source heat pumps are the most used 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 summer, 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 large range of climates. But it’s important to know that you will typically have to have an auxiliary source of warmth if temperatures go under 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This may include a dual-fuel system with a gas furnace. Heating switches between the two to deliver the most energy-efficient heating comfort across your house. 

Because of the requirement for dual-fuel systems in chillier climates, air source heat pumps are ideal areas without big temperature changes and more moderate heating requirements. 

Mini-Split Heat Pumps: Ideal for Areas Without Ductwork in Colder Climates 

Mini-split heat pumps are one of the most versatile styles of heat pumps as they don’t have to have ductwork. This means you can install 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® status. 

Mini-splits have an outdoor unit that links to as many as four quiet, slim indoor units attached to your wall or ceiling. This gives you the ability to have zoned heating and cooling, with exact 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: Ideal for Harsh Temperatures and Big Yards 

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

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

It doesn’t have to have a lot of service and is ideal if you are in a climate where temperatures vary greatly. In most instances, geothermal does not need an auxiliary heating system. 

However, you’ll have to have a lot of space and the ideal kind of soil to add the underground loops. You should also know 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 may help the equipment pay for itself over the years. 

Because geothermal conserves a lot of energy, using it may qualify you for 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 refer to our Broad Ripple Service Experts heating and cooling professionals Experts. That’s since they have an A+ when it includes helping homeowners like you choose the right heat pump system for their house. 

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 have the greatest 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. Give us a call at 317-527-0271 to book your free home comfort assessment now! 

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