A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient methods to heat and cool your West Chester home. That’s since they move warm or cold air, rather than making it. But not all families have been able to use this energy-saving technology.
In the past, heat pumps were only suggested for warmer areas, 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 home 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 home.
Air source heat pumps are the most common kind of heat pump. They use 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 comfy throughout the seasons.
With advances in heat pump technology, these systems can now be used in a large range of climates. But it’s important to know that you will typically have to have an auxiliary source of warmth if temperatures go under 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This may involve a dual-fuel system with a gas furnace. Heating changes between the two to provide the most energy-efficient heating comfort across your home.
Because of the requirement for dual-fuel systems in chillier climates, air source heat pumps are ideal areas without large temperature swings and lower heating requirements.
Mini-split heat pumps are one of the most flexible types of heat pumps as 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 the majority achieving ENERGY STAR® designation.
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 precise temperature control in each space.
Outdoor air on even the chilliest days has some heat that your ductless heat pump can capture and move indoors. Depending on the type you go with, some cold-weather mini-split heat pumps from Mitsubishi can run in temperatures as cold as -13°F.
Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of balanced subsurface temperatures to significantly reduce your heating and cooling costs, often by 25%–50%! These systems have underground pipes to move heat to and from your home.
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 have to have 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 secondary heating system.
However, you’ll have to have a good amount of space and the ideal kind of soil to add the underground loops. You should also be aware that installation costs around $20,000–$25,000 for a 2,500-square foot home. Although the installation cost is more expensive, lifelong energy savings might help the equipment pay for itself as time passes.
Because geothermal is so efficient, adding it might make you eligible for federal tax credits and other rebates from your community energy provider.
There’s a reason why we refer to our Wesley Wood Service Experts heating and cooling specialists Experts. That’s since they have an A+ when it involves helping homeowners like you find the ideal heat pump system for their home.
But their service doesn’t stop with heat pump installation. We support our work with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year, because we want you to experience the highest comfort you can get from your new heat pump.
And keep in mind special offers, rebates and financing for qualified customers. Installing a new heat pump is even more economical than you may realize. Give us a call at 484-401-7577 to book your free home comfort assessment now!
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