A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient methods to heat and cool your Raleigh residence. That’s because they move warm or cold air, as opposed to producing it. But not all homeowners have been able to take advantage of this energy-saving technology.
In the past, heat pumps were only advised for warmer locations, because they were less effective when temperatures were around or below freezing. When the heat pump couldn’t match demand, the heating system would then rely on more costly electric heat as an emergency heat source to keep the home comfortable.
With updated technology, heat pump systems are now ideal for cold locations. Most can work smoothly at much colder temperatures, although some may still need a backup heating system if temperatures get too cold. But it’s crucial to realize that today’s backup heating equipment can also be more energy-efficient than before.
We’ll discuss the varying styles of heat pumps so you can choose the ideal one for your house.
Air Source Heat Pumps: Best for Moderate Locations
Air source heat pumps are the most common type of heat pump. They rely on an outdoor unit and an indoor air handler. These systems move heat from either the indoor air during the warmer weather, or outside air during the winter, keeping you comfy 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 know that you will likely need an auxiliary source of warmth if temperatures go under 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This might include a dual-fuel system with a gas furnace. Heating alternates between the two to provide the most energy-efficient heating comfort throughout your residence.
Due to the demand for dual-fuel systems in cold climates, air source heat pumps are ideal areas without wide temperature swings and more moderate heating demands.
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 have to have ductwork. This means you can add them just about in any room in your residence, such as a garage or addition. They’re also highly energy efficient, with many earning 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 space.
Outdoor air on even the chilliest days has some heat that your ductless heat pump can use and send indoors. Depending on the kind you select, some cold-weather mini-split heat pumps from Mitsubishi can operate in temperatures as low as -13°F.
Geothermal Heat Pumps: Best for Harsh Temperatures and Spacious Yards
Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of stable subterranean temperatures to tremendously decrease your heating and cooling costs, usually by 25%–50%! These systems have underground pipes to shift heat to and from your home.
Geothermal is quiet and can last a long time—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 great if you live in a climate with big temperature swings. In most instances, geothermal does not require a backup heating system.
However, you’ll require a good amount of space and the ideal type of soil to put in the underground loops. You should also be aware that installation can run around $20,000–$25,000 for a 2,500-square foot home. Although the installation cost is high, lifelong energy savings might help the geothermal pay for itself over the years.
Because geothermal is so efficient, using it may qualify you for federal tax credits and other rebates from your community energy provider.
We Guarantee You’ll Be Satisfied with Our Heat Pump Installation
There’s a reason why we refer to our Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning heating and cooling pros Experts. That’s since they have an A+ when it includes helping homeowners like you find the best heat pump system for their residence.
But their service doesn’t stop with heat pump installation. We stand behind our work with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year, as we want you to enjoy the very best 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 could be aware. Give us a call at 919-578-4329 to schedule your free home comfort assessment now!
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