What Temps Do Heat Pumps Work In?

A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient ways to heat and cool your Shreveport house. That’s due to the fact they shift warm or cold air, rather than producing it. But not all families have been able to use this energy-saving technology.

Previously, heat pumps were only advised for moderate areas, because they were less effective when temperatures were around or below freezing. When the heat pump couldn’t keep up, the heating system would then switch to pricier electric heat as a backup heat source to keep the residence cozy.

With new technology, heat pump systems are now recommended for chillier areas. Most can operate properly at much lower temperatures, although some might still need an auxiliary heating system if temperatures dip too low. But it’s important to be aware that today’s emergency heating solutions can also be more energy-efficient than previously.

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

Air Source Heat Pumps: Ideal for Moderate Locations

Air source heat pumps are the most common kind of heat pump. They rely on an outdoor unit and an indoor air handler. These systems transfer heat from either the indoor air during the warm weather, or outside air during cold weather, keeping you comfortable throughout the seasons.

With changes in heat pump technology, these systems can now be used in a wide range of climates. But it’s important to be aware that you will likely have to have an emergency 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 all over your residence.

Because of the requirement for dual-fuel systems in cold climates, air source heat pumps are ideal locales without large temperature fluctuations and more moderate heating requirements.

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

Mini-split heat pumps are one of the most versatile types of heat pumps as they don’t have to have ductwork. This means you can install them just about anywhere in your house, including a garage or addition. They’re also highly energy efficient, with many earning ENERGY STAR® recognition.

Mini-splits use an outdoor unit that joins to as many as four quiet, slim indoor units mounted on your wall or ceiling. This provides you with zoned heating and cooling, with accurate temperature control in each area.

Outdoor air on even the coldest days holds some heat that your ductless heat pump can catch and move indoors. Depending on the model you choose, some cold-weather mini-split heat pumps from Mitsubishi can operate in temperatures as frigid as -13°F.

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

Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of steady subsurface temperatures to tremendously lower your heating and cooling costs, often by 25%–50%! These systems have underground pipes to shift heat to and from your residence.

Geothermal isn’t disruptive and can run for years—around 25 years for the indoor unit and around 50 years for the loop.

It doesn’t have to have a lot of upkeep and is great if you reside in an extreme climate. In most instances, geothermal does not require an auxiliary heating system.

However, you’ll have to have a good amount of space and the correct kind of soil to install the underground loops. It’s also important to note that installation costs around $20,000–$25,000 for a 2,500-square foot residence. Although the installation cost is high, long-term energy savings could help the unit pay for itself over time.

Because geothermal saves a lot of energy, adding it could make you eligible 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 call our Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning heating and cooling technicians Experts. That’s due to the fact they have an A+ when it involves helping homeowners like you find 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 experience the greatest comfort available from your new heat pump.

And keep in mind special offers, rebates and financing for qualified customers. Installing a new heat pump is even more affordable than you may be aware. Contact us at 318-588-8163 to book your free home comfort assessment today!


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