A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient approaches to heat and cool your Saint Charles house. That’s since they shift warm or cold air, as opposed to making it. But not all homeowners have been able to enjoy this energy-saving technology.
In the past, heat pumps were only suggested for moderate climates, as 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 rely on more costly electric heat as an emergency heat source to keep the house comfy.
With updated technology, heat pump systems are now ideal for chillier areas. Most can work properly at much colder temperatures, although some might still need a secondary heating system if temperatures get too cold. But it’s crucial to know that today’s backup heating solutions can also be more energy-efficient than in years past.
We’ll review the differing types of heat pumps so you can select the right one for your house.
Air source heat pumps are the most used kind of heat pump. They use an outdoor unit and an indoor air handler. These systems shift heat from either the indoor air during the warmer weather, or outside air during colder weather, keeping you comfy year-round.
With updates in heat pump technology, these systems can now be used in a full range of climates. But it’s important to know that you will probably require an auxiliary source of warmth if temperatures get colder than 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This may involve a dual-fuel system with a gas furnace. Heating switches between the two to provide the most energy-efficient heating comfort across your house.
Due to the requirement for dual-fuel systems in cold climates, air source heat pumps are recommended areas without big temperature fluctuations and more moderate heating requirements.
Mini-split heat pumps are one of the most adaptable types of heat pumps as they don’t require 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 the majority earning ENERGY STAR® status.
Mini-splits use an outdoor unit that links to as many as four quiet, low-profile indoor units attached to your wall or ceiling. This gives you the ability to have zoned heating and cooling, with accurate temperature control in each space.
Outdoor air on even the chilliest days has some heat that your ductless heat pump can catch and move 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 take advantage of balanced subterranean temperatures to significantly lower your heating and cooling costs, typically by 25%–50%! These systems rely on subterranean pipes to shift heat to and from your house.
Geothermal doesn’t make a lot of noise and can work for many years—approximately 25 years for the indoor unit and approximately 50 years for the loop.
It doesn’t require a lot of maintenance and is ideal if you are in a climate with big temperature swings. Most of the time, geothermal does not need a backup heating system.
However, you’ll require a good amount of space and the ideal kind of soil to put in the underground loops. You should also be aware that installation costs around $20,000–$25,000 for a 2,500-square foot house. Although the installation cost is more expensive, lifelong energy savings might help the equipment pay for itself over time.
Because geothermal saves a lot of energy, using it might qualify you for federal tax credits and other rebates from your area energy provider.
There’s a reason why we refer to our Golden Seal Service Experts heating and cooling specialists Experts. That’s since they have an A+ when it involves helping homeowners like you choose the ideal heat pump system for their house.
But their service doesn’t stop with heat pump installation. We stand behind our work with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year, as we want you to have the greatest comfort available 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 may realize. Call us at 630-246-2698 to schedule your free home comfort assessment now!
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