Will a Heat Pump Work in My Climate?

A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient ways to heat and cool your Clearwater home. That’s because they shift warm or cold air, instead of creating it. But not everyone has been able to use this energy-saving technology.

Previously, heat pumps were only suggested for moderate locations, since they were less effective when temperatures were around or below freezing. When the heat pump couldn’t match demand, the heating system would then trigger pricier electric heat as a backup heat source to keep the home comfortable.

With modern technology, heat pump systems are now great for chillier areas. Most can run properly at much chillier temperatures, although some may still need a backup heating system if temperatures dip too low. But it’s important to be aware that today’s secondary heating systems can also be more energy-efficient than before.

We’ll discuss the differing styles of heat pumps so you can find the best one for your home.

Air Source Heat Pumps: Best 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 warm weather, or outside air during colder weather, keeping you cozy no matter the weather.

With advances in heat pump technology, these systems can now be added in a wide range of climates. But it’s important to know that you will typically require a secondary source of heating if temperatures go under 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This may include a dual-fuel system with a gas furnace. Heating changes between the two to provide the most energy-efficient heating comfort across your residence.

As a result of the requirement for dual-fuel systems in chillier climates, air source heat pumps are recommended locations without wide temperature fluctuations and lower heating demands.

Mini-Split Heat Pumps: Ideal for Rooms Without Ductwork in Cold Climates

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

Mini-splits use an outdoor unit that links to as many as four quiet, low-profile indoor units mounted on your wall or ceiling. This provides you with zoned heating and cooling, with precise temperature control in each space.

Outdoor air on even the most frigid days holds some heat that your ductless heat pump can catch and move indoors. Depending on the model you choose, some cold-weather mini-split heat pumps from Mitsubishi can operate in temperatures as cold as -13°F.

Geothermal Heat Pumps: Ideal for Extreme Temperatures and Large Yards

Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of even subsurface temperatures to drastically lower your heating and cooling expenses, usually by 25%–50%! These systems have subterranean pipes to shift heat to and from your home.

Geothermal is quiet and can run for many years—around 25 years for the indoor unit and around 50 years for the loop.

It doesn’t need a lot of maintenance and is great if you live in an extreme climate. A lot of the time, geothermal does not have to have a backup heating system.

However, you’ll require a large amount of space and the right kind of soil to add the underground loops. You should also know that installation can run around $20,000–$25,000 for a 2,500-square foot home. Although the installation cost is high, continuing energy savings might help the unit pay for itself over the years.

Because geothermal saves a lot of energy, adding it could make you eligible for federal tax credits and other rebates from your area energy provider.

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

There’s a reason why we call our Midway Services heating and cooling professionals Experts. That’s since they have an A+ when it comes to helping homeowners like you find the best heat pump system for their residence.

But their service doesn’t end with heat pump installation. We back our services with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year, as we want you to experience the highest comfort you can get from your new heat pump.

And don’t forget about special offers, rebates and financing for qualified customers. Installing a new heat pump is even more reasonable than you may be aware. Give us a call at 727-219-2471 to request your free home comfort assessment right away!


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