What Climates Do Heat Pumps Work In?

A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient methods to heat and cool your West Palm Beach home. That’s due to the fact they move warm or cold air, as opposed to creating it. But not all homeowners have been able to enjoy this energy-saving technology.

At one time, heat pumps were only advised for temperate climates, because they weren’t as effective 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 residence comfortable.

With updated technology, heat pump systems are now ideal for colder areas. Most can work smoothly at much chillier temperatures, although some might still need a secondary heating system if temperatures get too cold. But it’s important to note that today’s backup heating equipment can also be more energy-efficient than previously.

We’ll discuss the differing styles of heat pumps so you can select the best one for your house.

Air Source Heat Pumps: Ideal for Moderate Areas

Air source heat pumps are the most installed type of heat pump. They have an outdoor unit and an indoor air handler. These systems move heat from either the indoor air during the warmer weather, or outside air during colder weather, keeping you cozy throughout the seasons.

With updates in heat pump technology, these systems can now be added in a full range of climates. But keep in mind that you will likely need an emergency source of heating if temperatures get colder than 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 across your house.

As a result of the need for dual-fuel systems in cold climates, air source heat pumps are best suited for locales without big temperature swings and more moderate heating requirements.

Mini-Split Heat Pumps: Recommended for Rooms Without Ductwork in Cold Climates

Mini-split heat pumps are one of the most flexible types of heat pumps because they don’t have to have ductwork. This means you can add them just about in any room in your house, like 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 links to as many as four quiet, low-profile indoor units fixed on your wall or ceiling. This provides you with zoned heating and cooling, with accurate temperature control in each space.

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

Geothermal Heat Pumps: Recommended for Extreme Temperatures and Big Yards

Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of even subsurface temperatures to significantly lower your heating and cooling bills, usually by 25%–50%! These systems use underground pipes to move heat to and from your residence.

Geothermal isn’t disruptive and can work a long time—about 25 years for the indoor unit and approximately 50 years for the loop.

It doesn’t have to have a lot of service and is ideal if you are in an extreme climate. In most instances, geothermal does not require a secondary heating system.

However, you’ll require a good amount of space and the ideal kind of soil to install the underground loops. You should also be aware that installation can run around $20,000–$25,000 for a 2,500-square foot house. Although the installation cost is pricier, continuing energy savings might help the unit pay for itself over the years.

As geothermal is so efficient, adding 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 call our Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning heating and cooling specialists Experts. That’s since they have an A+ when it includes helping homeowners like you select the ideal heat pump system for their residence.

But their work doesn’t quit with heat pump installation. We stand behind our work with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year, since we want you to enjoy the highest comfort available from your new heat pump.

And don’t forget about special offers, rebates and financing for qualified customers. Installing a new heat pump is even more affordable than you might think it is. Call us at 561-629-1826 to schedule your free home comfort assessment now!


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