What Climates Do Heat Pumps Work In?

A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient methods to heat and cool your Long Island house. That’s since they move warm or cold air, as opposed to creating it. But not all homeowners have been able to enjoy this energy-saving technology. 

Previously, heat pumps were only recommended for temperate areas, since they weren’t as effective when temperatures were close to 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 house comfy. 

With new technology, heat pump systems are now recommended for chillier areas. Most can run well at much colder temperatures, although some could still need a secondary heating system if temperatures get too cold. But it’s important to know that today’s backup heating solutions can also be more energy-efficient than previously. 

We’ll review the differing types of heat pumps so you can select the best one for your house. 

Air Source Heat Pumps: Right for Moderate Areas 

Air source heat pumps are the most used kind 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 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 get colder than 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This may entail a dual-fuel system with a gas furnace. Heating changes between the two to provide the most energy-efficient heating comfort across your house. 

Because of the requirement for dual-fuel systems in colder climates, air source heat pumps are ideal locations without big temperature swings and lower heating requirements. 

Mini-Split Heat Pumps: Recommended 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 add them just about anyplace in your residence, like a garage or addition. They’re also very energy efficient, with the majority achieving ENERGY STAR® status. 

Mini-splits use an outdoor unit that links to as many as four quiet, low-profile 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 capture and move indoors. Depending on the type you select, some cold-weather mini-split heat pumps from Mitsubishi can run in temperatures as cold as -13°F. 

Geothermal Heat Pumps: Recommended for Harsh Temperatures and Big Yards 

Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of balanced subsurface temperatures to significantly lower your heating and cooling costs, typically by 25%–50%! These systems use buried pipes to move heat to and from your house. 

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

It doesn’t require a lot of service and is great if you are in a climate with big temperature swings. Most of the time, geothermal does not need an auxiliary heating system. 

However, you’ll require a lot of space and the ideal kind of soil to put in the underground loops. You should also be aware that installation costs around $20,000–$25,000 for a 2,500-square foot house. Although the installation cost is high, lifelong energy savings could help the equipment pay for itself as time passes. 

As geothermal conserves a lot of energy, installing it could make you eligible 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 Matz-Rightway heating and cooling technicians Experts. That’s since they have an A+ when it includes helping homeowners like you find the ideal heat pump system for their house. 

But their service doesn’t stop with heat pump installation. We support our services with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year, since we want you to have the greatest comfort you can receive from your new heat pump. 

And bear in mind special offers, rebates and financing for qualified customers. Installing a new heat pump is even more affordable than you may realize. Contact us at 631-406-9220 to request your free home comfort assessment now! 

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