A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient ways to heat and cool your Memphis residence. That’s since they move warm or cold air, instead of producing it. But not everyone has been able to use this energy-saving technology.
Previously, heat pumps were only recommended for moderate areas, because they lose efficiency when temperatures were close to or below freezing. When the heat pump couldn’t match demand, the heating system would then rely on pricier electric heat as a backup heat source to keep the home cozy.
With new technology, heat pump systems are now great for chillier locations. Most can run properly at much chillier temperatures, although some may still need an auxiliary heating system if temperatures get too chilly. But it’s important to realize that today’s secondary heating systems can also be more energy-efficient than before.
We’ll discuss the differing kinds of heat pumps so you can choose the ideal one for your residence.
Air Source Heat Pumps: Right for Moderate Climates
Air source heat pumps are the most used type 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 changes in heat pump technology, these systems can now be added in a wide range of climates. But keep in mind that you will likely require a backup source of heat if temperatures get colder than 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This could involve a dual-fuel system with a gas furnace. Heating switches between the two to deliver the most energy-efficient heating comfort across your home.
Due to the demand for dual-fuel systems in colder climates, air source heat pumps are ideal areas without wide temperature changes and decreased heating needs.
Mini-Split Heat Pumps: Ideal for Spaces Without Ductwork in Cold Climates
Mini-split heat pumps are one of the most adaptable types of heat pumps because they don’t require ductwork. This means you can install them just about anyplace in your residence, such as a garage or addition. They’re also very energy efficient, with the majority achieving ENERGY STAR® status.
Mini-splits use an outdoor unit that connects to as many as four quiet, small indoor units fixed on your wall or ceiling. This allows you to have zoned heating and cooling, with precise temperature control in each area.
Outdoor air on even the chilliest days contains some heat that your ductless heat pump can use and transfer indoors. Depending on the kind you choose, some cold-weather mini-split heat pumps from Mitsubishi can run in temperatures as low as -13°F.
Geothermal Heat Pumps: Best for Harsh Temperatures and Big Yards
Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of even subterranean temperatures to significantly decrease your heating and cooling expenses, often by 25%–50%! These systems rely on buried pipes to shift heat to and from your home.
Geothermal isn’t disruptive and can last for many years—approximately 25 years for the indoor unit and approximately 50 years for the loop.
It doesn’t need a lot of service and is great if you live in a climate where temperatures vary greatly. Most of the time, geothermal does not need a backup heating system.
However, you’ll have to have a large amount of space and the ideal makeup of soil to install the underground loops. You should also know that installation can run around $20,000–$25,000 for a 2,500-square foot house. Although the installation cost is more expensive, lifelong energy savings may help the equipment pay for itself over the years.
As geothermal saves a lot of energy, installing it could make you eligible for federal tax credits and other rebates from your local energy provider.
We Guarantee You’ll be Pleased with Our Heat Pump Installation
There’s a reason why we refer to our Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning heating and cooling technicians Experts. That’s since they have an A+ when it comes to helping homeowners like you find the best heat pump system for their house.
But their work doesn’t quit with heat pump installation. We back our work with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year, because we want you to have the highest comfort you can receive from your new heat pump.
And keep in mind special offers, rebates and financing for qualified customers. Getting a new heat pump is even more affordable than you could realize. Contact us at 901-235-1196 to schedule your free home comfort assessment now!
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