What Temperatures Do Heat Pumps Work In?

A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient methods to heat and cool your Oklahoma City residence. That’s due to the fact they transfer warm or cold air, as opposed to making it. But not everyone has been able to use this energy-saving technology.

Previously, heat pumps were only suggested for temperate climates, since they were less effective when temperatures were close to or below freezing. When the heat pump couldn’t match demand, the heating system would then switch to pricier electric heat as a backup heat source to keep the residence cozy.

With updated technology, heat pump systems are now great for cold locations. Most can work properly at much colder temperatures, although some may still need an auxiliary heating system if temperatures get too cold. But it’s important to realize that today’s emergency heating systems can also be more energy-efficient than before.

We’ll review the different styles of heat pumps so you can select the ideal one for your home.

Air Source Heat Pumps: Right for Moderate Climates

Air source heat pumps are the most installed type 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 cold weather, keeping you comfortable throughout the seasons.

With updates in heat pump technology, these systems can now be added in a wide range of climates. But keep in mind that you will probably require a backup source of heating if temperatures go under 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This could entail a dual-fuel system with a gas furnace. Heating changes between the two to deliver the most energy-efficient heating comfort throughout your residence.

Because of the need for dual-fuel systems in cold climates, air source heat pumps are best suited for areas without big temperature changes and more moderate heating demands.

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

Mini-split heat pumps are one of the most flexible types of heat pumps since they don’t have to have ductwork. This means you can use them just about anywhere in your residence, including a garage or addition. They’re also extremely energy efficient, with many achieving ENERGY STAR® status.

Mini-splits work with an outdoor unit that links to as many as four quiet, low-profile indoor units mounted on your wall or ceiling. This provides you with zoned heating and cooling, with precise temperature control in each room.

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

Geothermal Heat Pumps: Ideal for Extreme Temperatures and Spacious Yards

Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of steady subsurface temperatures to tremendously lower your heating and cooling expenses, usually by 25%–50%! These systems rely on buried pipes to move heat to and from your home.

Geothermal doesn’t make a lot of noise and can last a long time—approximately 25 years for the indoor unit and about 50 years for the loop.

It doesn’t need a lot of upkeep and is best if you reside in a climate where temperatures vary greatly. Most of the time, geothermal does not have to have an auxiliary heating system.

However, you’ll have to have a lot of space and the ideal kind of soil to install the underground loops. It’s also important to note that installation costs around $20,000–$25,000 for a 2,500-square foot home. Although the installation cost is pricier, lifelong energy savings could help the system pay for itself over time.

Since geothermal conserves a lot of energy, using it might qualify you for federal tax credits and other rebates from your area energy provider.

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