A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient methods to heat and cool your Houston house. 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.
Previously, heat pumps were only recommended for temperate locations, because they lose efficiency when temperatures were around or below freezing. When the heat pump couldn’t match demand, the heating system would then switch to more costly electric heat as a secondary heat source to keep the residence cozy.
With updated technology, heat pump systems are now ideal for colder areas. Most can run properly at much colder temperatures, although some may still need a backup heating system if temperatures get too cold. But it’s important to note that today’s emergency heating equipment can also be more energy-efficient than previously.
We’ll discuss the differing kinds of heat pumps so you can find the best one for your house.
Air Source Heat Pumps: Right for Moderate Areas
Air source heat pumps are the most used style of heat pump. They use an outdoor unit and an indoor air handler. These systems transfer heat from either the indoor air during the warmer weather, or outside air during the winter, keeping you comfortable no matter the weather.
With advances in heat pump technology, these systems can now be used in a full range of climates. But keep in mind that you will likely require an emergency source of warmth if temperatures go under 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This may include a dual-fuel system with a gas furnace. Heating switches between the two to provide the most energy-efficient heating comfort all over your home.
Due to the need for dual-fuel systems in cold climates, air source heat pumps are ideal locations without wide temperature fluctuations and lower heating requirements.
Mini-Split Heat Pumps: Recommended for Rooms Without Ductwork in Chillier 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 home, like a garage or addition. They’re also very energy efficient, with the majority earning ENERGY STAR® designation.
Mini-splits have an outdoor unit that links to as many as four quiet, slim indoor units fixed on your wall or ceiling. This provides you with zoned heating and cooling, with precise temperature control in each area.
Outdoor air on even the chilliest days has some heat that your ductless heat pump can use and move indoors. Depending on the type you select, some cold-weather mini-split heat pumps from Mitsubishi can work in temperatures as frigid as -13°F.
Geothermal Heat Pumps: Best for Harsh Temperatures and Spacious Yards
Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of even subsurface temperatures to tremendously decrease your heating and cooling costs, often by 25%–50%! These systems have subterranean pipes to move heat to and from your house.
Geothermal is quiet and can last for years—around 25 years for the indoor unit and approximately 50 years for the loop.
It doesn’t require a lot of service and is ideal if you are in an extreme climate. In most instances, geothermal does not need a backup heating system.
However, you’ll have to have a large amount of space and the right type of soil to add the underground loops. You should also know that installation costs around $20,000–$25,000 for a 2,500-square foot home. Although the installation cost is high, lifelong energy savings could help the geothermal pay for itself over the years.
Because geothermal saves a lot of energy, installing it could entitle you to federal tax credits and other rebates from your area energy provider.
We Guarantee You’ll be Pleased with Our Heat Pump Installation
There’s a reason why we call our Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning heating and cooling pros Experts. That’s due to the fact they have an A+ when it involves helping homeowners like you find the right heat pump system for their house.
But their service doesn’t quit with heat pump installation. We back our services with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year, as we want you to have the greatest 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 affordable than you may be aware. Give us a call at (713) 352-7887 to schedule your free home comfort assessment now!
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