A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient approaches to heat and cool your Austin home. That’s since they move warm or cold air, instead of producing it. But not all families have been able to use this energy-saving technology.
Previously, heat pumps were only recommended for warmer areas, because they weren’t as effective when temperatures were around or below freezing. When the heat pump couldn’t provide the desired temperature, the heating system would then switch to more expensive electric heat as a secondary heat source to keep the residence cozy.
With updated technology, heat pump systems are now great for cold locations. Most can operate properly at much chillier temperatures, although some might still need a backup heating system if temperatures get too chilly. But it’s important to note that today’s emergency heating solutions can also be more energy-efficient than before.
We’ll discuss the different types of heat pumps so you can find the ideal one for your home.
Air Source Heat Pumps: Best for Moderate Climates
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 cold weather, keeping you cozy year-round.
With updates in heat pump technology, these systems can now be used in a large range of climates. But keep in mind that you will typically require an auxiliary source of heating if temperatures go under 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This may entail a dual-fuel system with a gas furnace. Heating switches between the two to give the most energy-efficient heating comfort all over your home.
Due to the requirement for dual-fuel systems in cold climates, air source heat pumps are recommended locations without large temperature fluctuations and decreased heating requirements.
Mini-Split Heat Pumps: Recommended for Spaces Without Ductwork in Cold Climates
Mini-split heat pumps are one of the most adaptable styles of heat pumps as they don’t require ductwork. This means you can use them just about in any room in your home, including a garage or addition. They’re also extremely energy efficient, with most receiving ENERGY STAR® status.
Mini-splits use an outdoor unit that connects to as many as four quiet, small indoor units attached to your wall or ceiling. This allows you to have zoned heating and cooling, with exact temperature control in each area.
Outdoor air on even the chilliest days has some heat that your ductless heat pump can capture and send indoors. Depending on the type you select, some cold-weather mini-split heat pumps from Mitsubishi can run in temperatures as cold as -13°F.
Geothermal Heat Pumps: Recommended for Extreme Temperatures and Large Yards
Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of stable subsurface temperatures to tremendously decrease your heating and cooling expenses, typically by 25%–50%! These systems have subterranean pipes to shift heat to and from your home.
Geothermal isn’t disruptive and can work for years—around 25 years for the indoor unit and about 50 years for the loop.
It doesn’t need a lot of service and is best if you are in a climate with big temperature swings. In most instances, geothermal does not need an auxiliary heating system.
However, you’ll have to have a lot 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 residence. Although the installation cost is high, continuing energy savings may help the geothermal pay for itself over the years.
Because geothermal is so efficient, installing it might entitle you to federal tax credits and other rebates from your local energy provider.
Your Satisfaction is Guaranteed with Our Heat Pump Installation
There’s a reason why we refer to our Strand Brothers Service Experts heating and cooling technicians Experts. That’s since they have an A+ when it comes to helping homeowners like you select the ideal heat pump system for their home.
But their labor doesn’t quit with heat pump installation. We stand behind our services with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year, since we want you to experience the highest comfort you can receive 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 be aware. Contact us at 512-596-1257 to schedule your free home comfort assessment now!
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