A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient methods to heat and cool your Miami home. That’s since they move warm or cold air, rather than creating it. But not all homeowners have been able to enjoy this energy-saving technology.
At one time, heat pumps were only recommended for moderate climates, because they lose efficiency when temperatures were near or below freezing. When the heat pump couldn’t meet demand, the heating system would then switch to more costly electric heat as a backup heat source to keep the home comfortable.
With updated technology, heat pump systems are now ideal for chillier regions. Most can run well at much lower temperatures, although some might still need an auxiliary heating system if temperatures get too cold. But it’s important to note that today’s auxiliary heating solutions can also be more energy-efficient than previously.
We’ll review the differing kinds of heat pumps so you can select the best one for your residence.
Air Source Heat Pumps: Best for Moderate Areas
Air source heat pumps are the most used kind of heat pump. They have an outdoor unit and an indoor air handler. These systems transfer heat from either the indoor air during the warm weather, or outside air during colder weather, keeping you comfy year-round.
With advances in heat pump technology, these systems can now be used in a large range of climates. But keep in mind that you will probably require an auxiliary source of heat if temperatures go under 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This could involve a dual-fuel system with a gas furnace. Heating changes between the two to deliver the most energy-efficient heating comfort across your residence.
Because of the requirement for dual-fuel systems in cold climates, air source heat pumps are recommended areas without wide temperature changes 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 flexible styles of heat pumps as they don’t require ductwork. This means you can use them just about in any room in your house, like a garage or addition. They’re also highly energy efficient, with many earning ENERGY STAR® recognition.
Mini-splits use an outdoor unit that links to as many as four quiet, low-profile indoor units fixed on your wall or ceiling. This allows you to have zoned heating and cooling, with precise temperature control in each space.
Outdoor air on even the chilliest days contains some heat that your ductless heat pump can use and send indoors. Depending on the type you go with, some cold-weather mini-split heat pumps from Mitsubishi can operate in temperatures as low as -13°F.
Geothermal Heat Pumps: Ideal for Wide-Ranging Temperatures and Big Yards
Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of even underground temperatures to drastically lower your heating and cooling costs, usually by 25%–50%! These systems have subterranean pipes to move heat to and from your house.
Geothermal isn’t disruptive and can run for years—approximately 25 years for the indoor unit and approximately 50 years for the loop.
It doesn’t require a lot of maintenance and is ideal if you are in an extreme climate. A lot of the time, geothermal does not have to have a backup heating system.
However, you’ll need a large amount of space and the right makeup of soil to install 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, ongoing energy savings could help the system pay for itself over time.
Because geothermal is so efficient, adding it could qualify you for federal tax credits and other rebates from your local energy provider.
Your Satisfaction is Guaranteed with Our Heat Pump Installation
There’s a reason why we named our Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning heating and cooling pros Experts. That’s since they have an A+ when it comes to helping homeowners like you choose the right heat pump system for their house.
But their labor doesn’t quit with heat pump installation. We back our job with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year, since we want you to enjoy the highest comfort you can get from your new heat pump.
And keep in mind special offers, rebates and financing for qualified customers. Installing a new heat pump is even more reasonable than you may realize. Contact us at 305-440-1505 to schedule your free home comfort assessment today!
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