A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient methods to heat and cool your Birmingham residence. That’s because they move warm or cold air, rather than making it. But not all homeowners have been able to enjoy this energy-saving technology.
At one time, heat pumps were only advised for moderate climates, because they weren’t as effective when temperatures were near or below freezing. When the heat pump couldn’t keep up, the heating system would then trigger pricier electric heat as a secondary heat source to keep the residence comfortable.
With updated technology, heat pump systems are now great for cold areas. Most can run smoothly at much colder temperatures, although some might still need a backup heating system if temperatures dip too low. But it’s crucial to know that today’s emergency heating systems can also be more energy-efficient than before.
We’ll discuss the varying types of heat pumps so you can find the right one for your home.
Air Source Heat Pumps: Right for Moderate Climates
Air source heat pumps are the most used kind of heat pump. They use an outdoor unit and an indoor air handler. These systems shift heat from either the indoor air during the summer, or outside air during cold weather, keeping you cozy year-round.
With changes in heat pump technology, these systems can now be added in a full range of climates. But you should know that you will likely need an auxiliary source of warmth if temperatures go below 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This may entail a dual-fuel system with a gas furnace. Heating changes between the two to deliver the most energy-efficient heating comfort throughout your home.
As a result of the need for dual-fuel systems in colder climates, air source heat pumps are best suited for locations without big temperature fluctuations and more moderate heating needs.
Mini-Split Heat Pumps: Ideal for Spaces Without Ductwork in Chillier Climates
Mini-split heat pumps are one of the most versatile styles of heat pumps because they don’t need ductwork. This means you can add them just about anywhere in your house, including a garage or addition. They’re also very energy efficient, with the majority receiving ENERGY STAR® recognition.
Mini-splits work with an outdoor unit that connects to as many as four quiet, small indoor units mounted on your wall or ceiling. This gives you the ability to have zoned heating and cooling, with accurate temperature control in each room.
Outdoor air on even the chilliest days has some heat that your ductless heat pump can capture and move indoors. Depending on the type you select, some cold-weather mini-split heat pumps from Mitsubishi can operate in temperatures as frigid as -13°F.
Geothermal Heat Pumps: Recommended for Extreme Temperatures and Spacious Yards
Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of steady subsurface temperatures to tremendously lower your heating and cooling costs, typically by 25%–50%! These systems have buried pipes to transfer heat to and from your house.
Geothermal is quiet and can last for many years—about 25 years for the indoor unit and approximately 50 years for the loop.
It doesn’t require a lot of service and is best if you reside in an extreme climate. A lot of the time, geothermal does not have to have an auxiliary heating system.
However, you’ll have to have a good amount of space and the correct makeup of soil to add the underground loops. You should also be aware that installation costs around $20,000–$25,000 for a 2,500-square foot house. Although the installation cost is more expensive, long-term energy savings might help the unit pay for itself over time.
Because geothermal saves a lot of energy, 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 refer to our Norrell Service Experts heating and cooling professionals Experts. That’s because they have an A+ when it includes helping homeowners like you choose the right heat pump system for their residence.
But their labor doesn’t end with heat pump installation. We back our job with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year, since we want you to experience the greatest comfort you can receive from your new heat pump.
And bear in mind special offers, rebates and financing for qualified customers. Buying a new heat pump is even more reasonable than you might realize. Call us at 205-267-0023 to request your free home comfort assessment right away!
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