A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient methods to heat and cool your Albany house. That’s because they transfer warm or cold air, instead of making it. But not all homeowners have been able to enjoy this energy-saving technology.
At one time, heat pumps were only advised for warmer areas, since they weren’t as effective when temperatures were near or below freezing. When the heat pump couldn’t match demand, the heating system would then trigger more costly electric heat as an emergency heat source to keep the residence cozy.
With updated technology, heat pump systems are now recommended for colder locations. Most can run well at much lower temperatures, although some could still need a secondary heating system if temperatures get too cold. But it’s important to realize that today’s emergency heating systems can also be more energy-efficient than before.
We’ll review the differing types of heat pumps so you can find the best one for your house.
Air Source Heat Pumps: Best for Moderate Locations
Air source heat pumps are the most installed kind of heat pump. They have 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 cozy year-round.
With advances in heat pump technology, these systems can now be used in a wide range of climates. But it’s important to be aware that you will typically need a secondary source of heat if temperatures go under 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This might involve a dual-fuel system with a gas furnace. Heating alternates between the two to deliver the most energy-efficient heating comfort across your home.
As a result of the demand for dual-fuel systems in colder climates, air source heat pumps are recommended locations without wide temperature fluctuations and decreased heating demands.
Mini-Split Heat Pumps: Ideal for Rooms Without Ductwork in Colder Climates
Mini-split heat pumps are one of the most versatile styles of heat pumps since they don’t need 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 many achieving ENERGY STAR® status.
Mini-splits have an outdoor unit that joins to as many as four quiet, slim indoor units attached to your wall or ceiling. This provides you with zoned heating and cooling, with accurate temperature control in each space.
Outdoor air on even the most frigid days contains some heat that your ductless heat pump can capture 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: Ideal for Harsh Temperatures and Big Yards
Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of stable subterranean temperatures to drastically decrease your heating and cooling expenses, usually by 25%–50%! These systems rely on underground pipes to shift heat to and from your home.
Geothermal doesn’t make a lot of noise and can last a long time—around 25 years for the indoor unit and approximately 50 years for the loop.
It doesn’t require a lot of upkeep and is great if you reside in a climate where temperatures vary greatly. Most of the time, geothermal does not have to have a backup heating system.
However, you’ll need a large amount of space and the ideal type of soil to put in the underground loops. You should also be aware that installation is around $20,000–$25,000 for a 2,500-square foot house. Although the installation cost is high, lifelong energy savings might help the geothermal pay for itself as time passes.
As geothermal saves a lot of energy, installing it may entitle you to federal tax credits and other rebates from your community energy provider.
Your Satisfaction is Guaranteed with Our Heat Pump Installation
There’s a reason why we named our D.A. Bennett Service Experts heating and cooling techs Experts. That’s because they have an A+ when it involves helping homeowners like you choose the ideal heat pump system for their house.
But their work doesn’t stop with heat pump installation. We stand behind our work with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year, because we want you to have the greatest comfort you can get from your new heat pump.
And don’t forget about special offers, rebates and financing for qualified customers. Getting a new heat pump is even more economical than you could think it is. Contact us at 518-205-3324 to schedule your free home comfort assessment today!
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