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Can I Use a Heat Pump in My Climate?

A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient ways to heat and cool your Oakville house. That’s since they shift warm or cold air, rather than making it. But not all families have been able to use this energy-saving technology.

Previously, heat pumps were only suggested for temperate areas, as they lose efficiency when temperatures were close to or below freezing. When the heat pump couldn’t meet demand, the heating system would then rely on more expensive electric heat as an emergency heat source to keep the home comfortable.

With updated technology, heat pump systems are now great for chillier regions. Most can work smoothly at much chillier temperatures, although some might still need a backup heating system if temperatures get too chilly. But it’s important to realize that today’s auxiliary heating systems can also be more energy-efficient than previously.

We’ll review the varying kinds of heat pumps so you can choose the ideal one for your residence.

Air Source Heat Pumps: Best for Moderate Locations

Air source heat pumps are the most installed kind of heat pump. They rely on an outdoor unit and an indoor air handler. These systems transfer heat from either the indoor air during the warm weather, or outside air during colder weather, keeping you comfy no matter the weather.

With updates in heat pump technology, these systems can now be added in a large range of climates. But you should know that you will probably require a secondary source of heat if temperatures go below 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This could entail a dual-fuel system with a gas furnace. Heating alternates between the two to give the most energy-efficient heating comfort all over your home.

Due to the demand for dual-fuel systems in chillier climates, air source heat pumps are ideal locales without wide temperature changes and lower heating demands.

Mini-Split Heat Pumps: Recommended for Spaces Without Ductwork in Colder Climates

Mini-split heat pumps are one of the most versatile types of heat pumps because they don’t require ductwork. This means you can install them just about in any room in your home, like a garage or addition. They’re also extremely energy efficient, with most achieving ENERGY STAR® status.

Mini-splits have an outdoor unit that connects to as many as four quiet, slim indoor units fixed on your wall or ceiling. This gives you the ability to have zoned heating and cooling, with accurate temperature control in each area.

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

Geothermal Heat Pumps: Ideal for Extreme Temperatures and Big Yards

Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of even subsurface temperatures to significantly reduce your heating and cooling costs, often by 25%–50%! These systems rely on subterranean pipes to shift heat to and from your house.

Geothermal is quiet and can run a long time—about 25 years for the indoor unit and around 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. A lot of the time, geothermal does not have to have a backup heating system.

However, you’ll require a lot of space and the right kind of soil to add the underground loops. You should also be aware that installation can run around $20,000–$25,000 for a 2,500-square foot residence. Although the installation cost is pricier, continuing energy savings might help the geothermal 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 local energy provider.

We Guarantee You’ll be Pleased with Our Heat Pump Installation

There’s a reason why we refer to our Abbey Air Service Experts heating and cooling specialists Experts. That’s since they have an A+ when it includes helping homeowners like you find the best heat pump system for their residence.

But their service doesn’t stop with heat pump installation. We back our services with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year, as we want you to enjoy the greatest 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 affordable than you may think it is. Give us a call at 289-813-5566 to request your free home comfort assessment now!


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