Will a Heat Pump Be Right in My Climate?

A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient ways to heat and cool your Belleville home. That’s because they move warm or cold air, instead of creating it. But not everyone has been able to take advantage of this energy-saving technology.

In the past, heat pumps were only suggested for warmer climates, because 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 trigger more expensive electric heat as an emergency heat source to keep the home comfy.

With modern technology, heat pump systems are now great for chillier regions. Most can work properly at much chillier temperatures, although some may still need a secondary heating system if temperatures dip too low. But it’s important to realize that today’s secondary heating solutions can also be more energy-efficient than in years past.

We’ll go over the differing styles of heat pumps so you can find the right one for your house.

Air Source Heat Pumps: Best for Moderate Climates

Air source heat pumps are the most common 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 warmer weather, or outside air during cold weather, keeping you cozy no matter the weather.

With changes 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 likely need a secondary source of heat if temperatures get colder than 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This could involve a dual-fuel system with a gas furnace. Heating changes between the two to give the most energy-efficient heating comfort across your home.

Due to the demand for dual-fuel systems in chillier climates, air source heat pumps are recommended areas without large temperature swings and more moderate heating demands.

Mini-Split Heat Pumps: Recommended for Rooms Without Ductwork in Cold Climates

Mini-split heat pumps are one of the most adaptable kinds of heat pumps as they don’t need 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 most achieving ENERGY STAR® recognition.

Mini-splits use an outdoor unit that connects to as many as four quiet, slim indoor units mounted on your wall or ceiling. This gives you the ability to have zoned heating and cooling, with exact temperature control in each room.

Outdoor air on even the chilliest days contains some heat that your ductless heat pump can use and send indoors. Depending on the model you choose, some cold-weather mini-split heat pumps from Mitsubishi can work in temperatures as low as -13°F.

Geothermal Heat Pumps: Best for Wide-Ranging Temperatures and Spacious Yards

Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of balanced subterranean temperatures to drastically reduce your heating and cooling costs, usually by 25%–50%! These systems use subterranean pipes to move heat to and from your residence.

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

It doesn’t need a lot of upkeep and is best if you reside in a climate with big temperature swings. In most instances, geothermal does not have to have a secondary heating system.

However, you’ll need a large amount of space and the right makeup of soil to install the underground loops. You should also know that installation costs around $20,000–$25,000 for a 2,500-square foot residence. Although the installation cost is more expensive, ongoing energy savings could help the equipment pay for itself as time passes.

Since geothermal saves a lot of energy, adding it might entitle you to federal tax credits and other rebates from your local energy provider.

Your Satisfaction is Guaranteed with Our Heat Pump Installation

There’s a reason why we call our D&K Home Services by Enercare heating and cooling techs Experts. That’s because they have an A+ when it involves helping homeowners like you select the right heat pump system for their home.

But their work doesn’t quit with heat pump installation. We back our services with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year, because we want you to enjoy the highest comfort you can get from your new heat pump.

And keep in mind special offers, rebates and financing for qualified customers. Buying a new heat pump is even more economical than you might realize. Give us a call at 613-707-2421 to request your free home comfort assessment today!

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