What Climates Do Heat Pumps Work In?

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

At one time, heat pumps were only recommended for moderate areas, since they lose efficiency when temperatures were near or below freezing. When the heat pump couldn’t provide the desired temperature, the heating system would then trigger pricier electric heat as an emergency heat source to keep the residence comfortable.

With updated technology, heat pump systems are now great for chillier regions. Most can run properly at much colder temperatures, although some could still need a backup heating system if temperatures get too cold. But it’s crucial to note that today’s emergency heating equipment can also be more energy-efficient than in years past.

We’ll go over the varying kinds of heat pumps so you can choose the right one for your residence.

Air Source Heat Pumps: Best for Moderate Areas

Air source heat pumps are the most used type of heat pump. They rely on 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 throughout the seasons.

With updates in heat pump technology, these systems can now be added in a wide range of climates. But keep in mind that you will typically require a backup source of warmth if temperatures get colder than 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This might entail a dual-fuel system with a gas furnace. Heating alternates between the two to provide the most energy-efficient heating comfort throughout your home.

As a result of the demand for dual-fuel systems in cold climates, air source heat pumps are recommended locations without wide temperature fluctuations and decreased heating demands.

Mini-Split Heat Pumps: Ideal for Areas Without Ductwork in Cold Climates

Mini-split heat pumps are one of the most flexible kinds of heat pumps as they don’t have to have ductwork. This means you can install them just about anyplace in your residence, like a garage or addition. They’re also very energy efficient, with the majority receiving ENERGY STAR® status.

Mini-splits use an outdoor unit that joins to as many as four quiet, slim indoor units fixed on your wall or ceiling. This provides you with zoned heating and cooling, with exact temperature control in each space.

Outdoor air on even the most frigid days holds some heat that your ductless heat pump can use and send indoors. Depending on the kind you choose, some cold-weather mini-split heat pumps from Mitsubishi can run in temperatures as frigid as -13°F.

Geothermal Heat Pumps: Best for Harsh Temperatures and Big Yards

Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of balanced underground temperatures to significantly lower your heating and cooling expenses, usually by 25%–50%! These systems use buried pipes to transfer heat to and from your residence.

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

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

However, you’ll require a lot of space and the correct makeup of soil to install the underground loops. You should also know that installation costs around $20,000–$25,000 for a 2,500-square foot residence. Although the installation cost is high, ongoing energy savings could help the system pay for itself as time passes.

Since geothermal is so efficient, adding it could make you eligible for federal tax credits and other rebates from your local energy provider.

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

But their labor doesn’t stop with heat pump installation. We stand behind our job 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 don’t forget about special offers, rebates and financing for qualified customers. Buying a new heat pump is even more reasonable than you could think it is. Call us at 289-201-2346 to request your free home comfort assessment today!


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