A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient methods to heat and cool your Champaign home. That’s because they shift warm or cold air, as opposed to making it. But not everyone has been able to take advantage of this energy-saving technology.
In the past, heat pumps were only suggested for temperate areas, because they were less effective when temperatures were close to 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 house cozy.
With updated technology, heat pump systems are now recommended for colder regions. Most can work smoothly at much lower temperatures, although some may still need an auxiliary heating system if temperatures get too chilly. But it’s crucial to be aware that today’s secondary heating solutions can also be more energy-efficient than before.
We’ll discuss the different types of heat pumps so you can select the right one for your home.
Air Source Heat Pumps: Right for Moderate Areas
Air source heat pumps are the most common type of heat pump. They have an outdoor unit and an indoor air handler. These systems shift heat from either the indoor air during the summer, or outside air during colder weather, keeping you comfy year-round.
With changes in heat pump technology, these systems can now be added in a full range of climates. But it’s important to know that you will likely require an auxiliary source of heat if temperatures get colder than 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This might involve a dual-fuel system with a gas furnace. Heating changes between the two to give the most energy-efficient heating comfort across your residence.
Because of the requirement for dual-fuel systems in chillier climates, air source heat pumps are best suited for locations without wide temperature swings and decreased heating demands.
Mini-Split Heat Pumps: Best for Areas Without Ductwork in Cold Climates
Mini-split heat pumps are one of the most versatile kinds of heat pumps since 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 extremely energy efficient, with most achieving ENERGY STAR® designation.
Mini-splits use an outdoor unit that connects to as many as four quiet, slim indoor units attached to your wall or ceiling. This provides you with zoned heating and cooling, with precise temperature control in each space.
Outdoor air on even the most frigid days holds some heat that your ductless heat pump can capture and send indoors. Depending on the model you go with, some cold-weather mini-split heat pumps from Mitsubishi can run in temperatures as cold as -13°F.
Geothermal Heat Pumps: Best for Extreme Temperatures and Big Yards
Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of steady underground temperatures to tremendously reduce your heating and cooling costs, often by 25%–50%! These systems rely on subterranean pipes to shift heat to and from your residence.
Geothermal doesn’t make a lot of noise and can work for many years—around 25 years for the indoor unit and about 50 years for the loop.
It doesn’t require a lot of upkeep and is best if you reside in a climate with big temperature swings. Most of the time, geothermal does not need an auxiliary heating system.
However, you’ll have to have a good amount of space and the right type of soil to put in the underground loops. You should also be aware that installation is around $20,000–$25,000 for a 2,500-square foot residence. Although the installation cost is high, continuing energy savings could help the equipment pay for itself over the years.
Since geothermal is so efficient, using it may make you eligible for federal tax credits and other rebates from your area energy provider.
Your Satisfaction is Guaranteed with Our Heat Pump Installation
There’s a reason why we named our Chief/Bauer Service Experts heating and cooling pros Experts. That’s due to the fact they have an A+ when it comes to helping homeowners like you select the ideal heat pump system for their house.
But their service doesn’t stop with heat pump installation. We support our job with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year, as we want you to experience the greatest comfort you can get 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 economical than you might be aware. Contact us at 217-689-2469 to schedule your free home comfort assessment today!
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