Can I Have a Heat Pump in My Climate?

A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient approaches to heat and cool your Ocala house. That’s since they move warm or cold air, instead of creating it. But not everyone has been able to enjoy this energy-saving technology.

At one time, heat pumps were only recommended for warmer locations, as they weren’t as effective when temperatures were close to or below freezing. When the heat pump couldn’t keep up, the heating system would then trigger more costly electric heat as a secondary heat source to keep the home cozy.

With new technology, heat pump systems are now great for chillier locations. Most can operate well at much lower temperatures, although some could still need a backup heating system if temperatures get too cold. But it’s crucial to realize that today’s backup heating equipment can also be more energy-efficient than previously.

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

Air Source Heat Pumps: Best for Moderate Areas

Air source heat pumps are the most used style 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 summer, or outside air during cold weather, keeping you cozy throughout the seasons.

With advances in heat pump technology, these systems can now be used in a full range of climates. But it’s important to be aware that you will typically need a backup source of heat if temperatures go below 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This may entail a dual-fuel system with a gas furnace. Heating switches between the two to provide the most energy-efficient heating comfort across your home.

As a result of the demand for dual-fuel systems in cold climates, air source heat pumps are ideal locales without large temperature changes and decreased heating needs.

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

Mini-split heat pumps are one of the most flexible types of heat pumps because they don’t need ductwork. This means you can add them just about anywhere in your residence, such as a garage or addition. They’re also extremely energy efficient, with the majority receiving ENERGY STAR® designation.

Mini-splits work with an outdoor unit that links to as many as four quiet, slim indoor units attached to your wall or ceiling. This provides you with zoned heating and cooling, with precise temperature control in each room.

Outdoor air on even the chilliest days holds some heat that your ductless heat pump can capture and transfer indoors. Depending on the kind you go with, some cold-weather mini-split heat pumps from Mitsubishi can work in temperatures as cold as -13°F.

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

Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of steady underground temperatures to tremendously lower your heating and cooling expenses, typically by 25%–50%! These systems use underground pipes to shift heat to and from your home.

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

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

However, you’ll have to have a good amount of space and the correct makeup 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 pricier, lifelong energy savings may help the system pay for itself as time passes.

As geothermal is so efficient, using it might entitle you to 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 Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning heating and cooling professionals Experts. That’s since they have an A+ when it comes to helping homeowners like you choose the best heat pump system for their house.

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

And keep in mind special offers, rebates and financing for qualified customers. Getting a new heat pump is even more reasonable than you might realize. Give us a call at 352-414-4006 to book your free home comfort assessment now!


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