Will a Heat Pump Work in My Climate?

A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient methods to heat and cool your Austin house. That’s because they transfer warm or cold air, rather than making 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 moderate locations, as they weren’t as effective when temperatures were close to or below freezing. When the heat pump couldn’t provide the desired temperature, the heating system would then rely on more costly electric heat as a secondary heat source to keep the home cozy.

With new technology, heat pump systems are now great for colder locations. Most can operate properly at much lower temperatures, although some might still need a backup heating system if temperatures dip too low. But it’s important to know that today’s emergency heating solutions can also be more energy-efficient than in years past.

We’ll discuss the varying kinds of heat pumps so you can select the ideal one for your house.

Air Source Heat Pumps: Ideal for Moderate Locations

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 transfer heat from either the indoor air during the warmer weather, or outside air during colder weather, keeping you comfortable throughout the seasons.

With changes in heat pump technology, these systems can now be used in a full range of climates. But keep in mind that you will probably require an emergency source of warmth 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 provide the most energy-efficient heating comfort across your residence.

As a result of the need for dual-fuel systems in cold climates, air source heat pumps are recommended areas without large temperature swings and lower heating requirements.

Mini-Split Heat Pumps: Best for Areas Without Ductwork in Chillier Climates

Mini-split heat pumps are one of the most adaptable kinds of heat pumps because they don’t require ductwork. This means you can install them just about anyplace in your home, such as a garage or addition. They’re also extremely energy efficient, with many earning ENERGY STAR® designation.

Mini-splits have an outdoor unit that joins to as many as four quiet, low-profile indoor units fixed on your wall or ceiling. This allows you 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 model you select, some cold-weather mini-split heat pumps from Mitsubishi can work in temperatures as cold as -13°F.

Geothermal Heat Pumps: Ideal for Extreme Temperatures and Large Yards

Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of stable underground temperatures to significantly lower your heating and cooling costs, usually by 25%–50%! These systems use subterranean pipes to transfer heat to and from your house.

Geothermal isn’t disruptive and can run a long time—about 25 years for the indoor unit and around 50 years for the loop.

It doesn’t require a lot of service and is great if you are in a climate where temperatures vary greatly. In most instances, geothermal does not need a backup heating system.

However, you’ll require a lot of space and the right kind 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 residence. Although the installation cost is more expensive, ongoing energy savings may help the system pay for itself over the years.

Since geothermal conserves a lot of energy, using it may qualify you for federal tax credits and other rebates from your community energy provider.

We Guarantee You’ll be Pleased with Our Heat Pump Installation

There’s a reason why we named our Strand Brothers Service Experts heating and cooling pros Experts. That’s since they have an A+ when it involves helping homeowners like you find the best heat pump system for their home.

But their service doesn’t quit with heat pump installation. We support our services with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year, because we want you to enjoy the greatest comfort you can get 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 economical than you might realize. Contact us at 512-592-3072 to book your free home comfort assessment right away!


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