What Temps Do Heat Pumps Work In?

A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient approaches to heat and cool your Columbus residence. That’s since they shift warm or cold air, as opposed to creating it. But not all families have been able to enjoy this energy-saving technology. 

Previously, heat pumps were only recommended for temperate locations, since they weren’t as effective when temperatures were near or below freezing. When the heat pump couldn’t meet demand, the heating system would then trigger pricier electric heat as an emergency heat source to keep the house comfortable. 

With updated technology, heat pump systems are now recommended for chillier regions. Most can run well at much lower temperatures, although some could still need an auxiliary heating system if temperatures dip too low. But it’s crucial to realize that today’s backup heating equipment can also be more energy-efficient than before. 

We’ll go over the differing kinds of heat pumps so you can find the right one for your house. 

Air Source Heat Pumps: Right for Moderate Climates 

Air source heat pumps are the most installed style of heat pump. They have an outdoor unit and an indoor air handler. These systems move heat from either the indoor air during the warm weather, or outside air during cold weather, keeping you comfy year-round. 

With updates 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 backup source of warmth if temperatures go below 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This could involve a dual-fuel system with a gas furnace. Heating changes between the two to deliver the most energy-efficient heating comfort across your residence. 

As a result of the demand for dual-fuel systems in cold climates, air source heat pumps are ideal areas without wide temperature fluctuations and more moderate heating needs. 

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

Mini-split heat pumps are one of the most flexible styles of heat pumps since they don’t have to have ductwork. This means you can use them just about anyplace in your house, such as a garage or addition. They’re also very energy efficient, with many earning ENERGY STAR® designation. 

Mini-splits have an outdoor unit that joins to as many as four quiet, small indoor units fixed 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 coldest days holds some heat that your ductless heat pump can capture and send indoors. Depending on the model you select, some cold-weather mini-split heat pumps from Mitsubishi can operate in temperatures as cold as -13°F. 

Geothermal Heat Pumps: Ideal for Wide-Ranging Temperatures and Spacious Yards 

Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of steady subsurface temperatures to tremendously lower your heating and cooling costs, often by 25%–50%! These systems rely on underground pipes to transfer heat to and from your house. 

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

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

However, you’ll have to have a good amount of space and the correct type of soil to install the underground loops. It’s also important to note that installation is around $20,000–$25,000 for a 2,500-square foot home. Although the installation cost is high, ongoing energy savings could help the system pay for itself over the years. 

As geothermal saves a lot of energy, installing it might make you eligible for federal tax credits and other rebates from your area energy provider. 

We Guarantee You’ll Be Satisfied with Our Heat Pump Installation 

There’s a reason why we named our Stevenson Service Experts heating and cooling professionals Experts. That’s because they have an A+ when it comes to helping homeowners like you choose the ideal heat pump system for their home. 

But their labor doesn’t stop with heat pump installation. We stand behind our services with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year, as 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 might think it is. Call us at 614-334-3192 to book your free home comfort assessment now! 


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