Can I Use a Heat Pump in My Area?

A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient approaches to heat and cool your Niagara Falls home. That’s due to the fact they shift warm or cold air, as opposed to making it. But not everyone has been able to enjoy this energy-saving technology.

At one time, heat pumps were only suggested for temperate areas, as they weren’t as effective when temperatures were near or below freezing. When the heat pump couldn’t match demand, the heating system would then rely on more expensive electric heat as a backup heat source to keep the residence cozy.

With new technology, heat pump systems are now great for colder regions. Most can operate smoothly at much colder temperatures, although some may still need a backup heating system if temperatures dip too low. But it’s essential to know that today’s auxiliary heating solutions can also be more energy-efficient than in years past.

We’ll review the varying styles of heat pumps so you can find the right one for your residence.

Air Source Heat Pumps: Ideal for Moderate Climates

Air source heat pumps are the most installed type 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 colder weather, keeping you comfortable year-round.

With advances in heat pump technology, these systems can now be installed in a full range of climates. But keep in mind that you will probably require a backup source of warmth if temperatures go below 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This might include a dual-fuel system with a gas furnace. Heating alternates between the two to provide the most energy-efficient heating comfort all over your home.

Because of the demand for dual-fuel systems in chillier climates, air source heat pumps are recommended locations without large temperature fluctuations and more moderate heating demands.

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

Mini-split heat pumps are one of the most adaptable styles of heat pumps because they don’t have to have ductwork. This means you can use them just about in any room in your residence, such as a garage or addition. They’re also highly energy efficient, with many receiving ENERGY STAR® status.

Mini-splits use an outdoor unit that links to as many as four quiet, low-profile indoor units fixed on your wall or ceiling. This allows you to have zoned heating and cooling, with exact temperature control in each room.

Outdoor air on even the coldest days contains some heat that your ductless heat pump can capture and transfer indoors. Depending on the model you choose, some cold-weather mini-split heat pumps from Mitsubishi can work in temperatures as frigid as -13°F.

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

Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of even subterranean temperatures to tremendously reduce your heating and cooling bills, typically by 25%–50%! These systems have subterranean pipes to shift heat to and from your house.

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

It doesn’t have to have a lot of upkeep and is ideal if you live in a climate where temperatures vary greatly. In most instances, geothermal does not require an auxiliary heating system.

However, you’ll require a lot of space and the correct makeup of soil to put in the underground loops. It’s also important to note that installation can run around $20,000–$25,000 for a 2,500-square foot home. Although the installation cost is more expensive, ongoing energy savings might help the unit pay for itself over time.

As geothermal saves a lot of energy, using it may make you eligible for federal tax credits and other rebates from your area energy provider.

We Guarantee You’ll Be Satisfied with Our Heat Pump Installation

There’s a reason why we refer to our Niagara Home Services by Enercare heating and cooling technicians Experts. That’s since they have an A+ when it comes to helping homeowners like you find the best heat pump system for their home.

But their work doesn’t quit with heat pump installation. We back our services with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year, because we want you to experience the very best comfort you can receive from your new heat pump.

And keep in mind special offers, rebates and financing for qualified customers. Buying a new heat pump is even more economical than you might think it is. Contact us at 289-273-2229 to request your free home comfort assessment today!

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