A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient approaches to heat and cool your Livermore house. That’s due to the fact they transfer warm or cold air, rather than producing it. But not all homeowners have been able to enjoy this energy-saving technology.
At one time, heat pumps were only advised for warmer climates, 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 rely on more expensive electric heat as a backup heat source to keep the home comfortable.
With updated technology, heat pump systems are now recommended for chillier areas. Most can run properly at much colder temperatures, although some could still need an auxiliary heating system if temperatures get too cold. But it’s essential to realize that today’s backup heating systems can also be more energy-efficient than before.
We’ll go over the varying kinds of heat pumps so you can find the ideal one for your home.
Air Source Heat Pumps: Right for Moderate Climates
Air source heat pumps are the most common style of heat pump. They have 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 the winter, keeping you comfy year-round.
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 likely require a secondary source of heating if temperatures go below 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 throughout your house.
Because of the demand for dual-fuel systems in chillier climates, air source heat pumps are best suited for locations without big temperature fluctuations and lower heating needs.
Mini-Split Heat Pumps: Best for Spaces Without Ductwork in Colder Climates
Mini-split heat pumps are one of the most versatile kinds of heat pumps because they don’t need ductwork. This means you can install them just about in any room in your residence, such as a garage or addition. They’re also highly energy efficient, with the majority earning ENERGY STAR® recognition.
Mini-splits work with an outdoor unit that joins to as many as four quiet, low-profile indoor units attached to your wall or ceiling. This provides you with zoned heating and cooling, with exact temperature control in each room.
Outdoor air on even the coldest days has some heat that your ductless heat pump can capture and move indoors. Depending on the kind you select, some cold-weather mini-split heat pumps from Mitsubishi can operate in temperatures as low as -13°F.
Geothermal Heat Pumps: Best for Extreme Temperatures and Spacious Yards
Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of stable underground temperatures to drastically reduce your heating and cooling costs, typically by 25%–50%! These systems rely on subterranean pipes to move heat to and from your home.
Geothermal is quiet and can work 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 maintenance and is ideal if you live in an extreme climate. Most of the time, geothermal does not require a backup heating system.
However, you’ll need a large amount of space and the right kind 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 house. Although the installation cost is high, lifelong energy savings may help the geothermal pay for itself over the years.
Because geothermal conserves a lot of energy, adding it may entitle you to federal tax credits and other rebates from your community energy provider.
We Guarantee You’ll be Pleased with Our Heat Pump Installation
There’s a reason why we refer to our Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning heating and cooling pros Experts. That’s since they have an A+ when it comes to helping homeowners like you find the best heat pump system for their house.
But their labor doesn’t end with heat pump installation. We support our services 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 bear in mind special offers, rebates and financing for qualified customers. Installing a new heat pump is even more affordable than you could think it is. Give us a call at 925-364-5427 to book your free home comfort assessment right away!
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