What Temps Do Heat Pumps Work In?

A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient methods to heat and cool your Kansas City residence. That’s since they move warm or cold air, rather than producing it. But not everyone has been able to use this energy-saving technology. 

Previously, 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 residence comfy. 

With updated technology, heat pump systems are now ideal for chillier areas. Most can work properly at much colder temperatures, although some might still need a secondary heating system if temperatures get too cold. But it’s crucial to know that today’s backup heating solutions can also be more energy-efficient than in years past. 

We’ll review the differing types of heat pumps so you can select the right 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 use an outdoor unit and an indoor air handler. These systems move heat from either the indoor air during the summer, or outside air during cold weather, keeping you comfy throughout the seasons. 

With updates in heat pump technology, these systems can now be installed in a large range of climates. But it’s important to know that you will typically require an auxiliary source of warmth if temperatures go below 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This may involve a dual-fuel system with a gas furnace. Heating changes between the two to deliver the most energy-efficient heating comfort across your residence. 

Due to the requirement for dual-fuel systems in chillier climates, air source heat pumps are recommended locations without big temperature swings and lower heating requirements. 

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

Mini-split heat pumps are one of the most flexible types of heat pumps as they don’t require ductwork. This means you can use them just about anyplace in your home, like a garage or addition. They’re also very energy efficient, with the majority achieving 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 catch and move indoors. Depending on the model you select, some cold-weather mini-split heat pumps from Mitsubishi can operate in temperatures as cold as -13°F. 

Geothermal Heat Pumps: Ideal for Harsh Temperatures and Big Yards 

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

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

It doesn’t require a lot of service and is best if you are in a climate where temperatures vary greatly. Most of the time, geothermal does not need a secondary heating system. 

However, you’ll require a good amount of space and the ideal kind of soil to add 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 more expensive, lifelong energy savings might 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. 

We Guarantee You’ll Be Satisfied 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 since they have an A+ when it includes helping homeowners like you choose the ideal heat pump system for their residence. 

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

And don’t forget about special offers, rebates and financing for qualified customers. Buying a new heat pump is even more reasonable than you may realize. Contact us at 816-787-0500 to book your free home comfort assessment now! 

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