A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient approaches to heat and cool your Kansas City house. That’s because they move warm or cold air, as opposed to creating it. But not everyone has been able to enjoy this energy-saving technology.
At one time, heat pumps were only suggested for temperate areas, as they lose efficiency when temperatures were around or below freezing. When the heat pump couldn’t match demand, the heating system would then trigger pricier electric heat as an emergency heat source to keep the home cozy.
With modern technology, heat pump systems are now recommended for chillier regions. Most can run properly at much colder temperatures, although some might 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 in years past.
We’ll go over the varying types of heat pumps so you can find the right one for your residence.
Air Source Heat Pumps: Best for Moderate Climates
Air source heat pumps are the most used style of heat pump. They have 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 the winter, keeping you cozy throughout the seasons.
With updates in heat pump technology, these systems can now be used in a large range of climates. But you should know that you will likely need a backup source of heat if temperatures go under 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This could entail a dual-fuel system with a gas furnace. Heating switches between the two to provide the most energy-efficient heating comfort across your home.
As a result of the need for dual-fuel systems in colder climates, air source heat pumps are ideal areas without big temperature fluctuations and more moderate heating requirements.
Mini-Split Heat Pumps: Recommended for Rooms Without Ductwork in Colder Climates
Mini-split heat pumps are one of the most flexible 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 many receiving ENERGY STAR® recognition.
Mini-splits have an outdoor unit that joins to as many as four quiet, slim indoor units fixed on 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 contains some heat that your ductless heat pump can use and send indoors. Depending on the model you go with, some cold-weather mini-split heat pumps from Mitsubishi can run in temperatures as cold as -13°F.
Geothermal Heat Pumps: Recommended for Extreme Temperatures and Spacious Yards
Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of balanced subterranean temperatures to tremendously reduce your heating and cooling bills, often by 25%–50%! These systems have buried pipes to transfer heat to and from your residence.
Geothermal isn’t disruptive 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 require a backup heating system.
However, you’ll require a large amount of space and the correct type of soil to install the underground loops. You should also be aware that installation costs around $20,000–$25,000 for a 2,500-square foot home. Although the installation cost is pricier, lifelong energy savings could help the unit pay for itself over time.
As geothermal saves a lot of energy, installing it may make you eligible 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 Neal Harris Service Experts heating and cooling technicians Experts. That’s because they have an A+ when it comes to helping homeowners like you find the right heat pump system for their residence.
But their service doesn’t end with heat pump installation. We back our job with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year, since we want you to have the greatest comfort you can get from your new heat pump.
And bear in mind special offers, rebates and financing for qualified customers. Getting a new heat pump is even more reasonable than you may think it is. Give us a call at 816-787-0500 to request your free home comfort assessment today!
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