A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient methods to heat and cool your Richmond house. That’s because they move warm or cold air, rather than producing it. But not everyone has been able to enjoy this energy-saving technology.
At one time, heat pumps were only advised for warmer locations, as they were less effective when temperatures were near or below freezing. When the heat pump couldn’t provide the desired temperature, the heating system would then switch to pricier electric heat as a backup heat source to keep the residence comfy.
With updated technology, heat pump systems are now great for cold areas. Most can work smoothly at much chillier temperatures, although some could still need an auxiliary heating system if temperatures get too chilly. But it’s important to realize that today’s backup heating solutions can also be more energy-efficient than previously.
We’ll go over 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 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 warmer weather, or outside air during the winter, keeping you comfy no matter the weather.
With changes in heat pump technology, these systems can now be installed in a full range of climates. But it’s important to know that you will typically have to have an auxiliary source of heat if temperatures get colder than 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This could involve a dual-fuel system with a gas furnace. Heating switches between the two to provide the most energy-efficient heating comfort across your residence.
Due to the demand for dual-fuel systems in chillier climates, air source heat pumps are ideal locations without big temperature changes and more moderate heating demands.
Mini-Split Heat Pumps: Best for Areas Without Ductwork in Chillier Climates
Mini-split heat pumps are one of the most adaptable kinds of heat pumps because they don’t have to have ductwork. This means you can add them just about anyplace in your home, such as a garage or addition. They’re also very energy efficient, with many achieving ENERGY STAR® status.
Mini-splits have an outdoor unit that joins to as many as four quiet, slim indoor units mounted on your wall or ceiling. This allows you to have zoned heating and cooling, with accurate temperature control in each space.
Outdoor air on even the most frigid days holds some heat that your ductless heat pump can use and send indoors. Depending on the model you choose, some cold-weather mini-split heat pumps from Mitsubishi can operate in temperatures as cold as -13°F.
Geothermal Heat Pumps: Best for Wide-Ranging Temperatures and Big Yards
Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of steady underground temperatures to significantly reduce your heating and cooling costs, usually 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—around 25 years for the indoor unit and about 50 years for the loop.
It doesn’t need a lot of service and is best if you are in a climate with big temperature swings. A lot of the time, geothermal does not require a secondary heating system.
However, you’ll need a large amount of space and the right 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 home. Although the installation cost is more expensive, ongoing energy savings could help the system pay for itself over time.
Because geothermal saves a lot of energy, adding it could entitle you to federal tax credits and other rebates from your community energy provider.
We Guarantee You’ll be Pleased with Our Heat Pump Installation
There’s a reason why we named our Eveready Service Experts heating and cooling techs Experts. That’s since they have an A+ when it involves helping homeowners like you choose the ideal heat pump system for their residence.
But their service doesn’t quit with heat pump installation. We stand behind our job with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year, since we want you to experience the highest comfort available 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 economical than you may think it is. Give us a call at 804-548-4480 to book your free home comfort assessment now!
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