A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient methods to heat and cool your Fort Lauderdale home. That’s because they shift warm or cold air, as opposed to making it. But not all families have been able to take advantage of this energy-saving technology.
In the past, heat pumps were only suggested for moderate climates, since they weren’t as effective when temperatures were close to or below freezing. When the heat pump couldn’t match demand, the heating system would then trigger pricier electric heat as a secondary heat source to keep the house cozy.
With new technology, heat pump systems are now recommended for chillier regions. Most can operate properly at much colder temperatures, although some might still need a secondary heating system if temperatures get too cold. But it’s essential to be aware that today’s secondary heating systems can also be more energy-efficient than previously.
We’ll go over the different types of heat pumps so you can select the ideal one for your home.
Air Source Heat Pumps: Ideal for Moderate Areas
Air source heat pumps are the most used type of heat pump. They use an outdoor unit and an indoor air handler. These systems move heat from either the indoor air during the summer, or outside air during cold weather, keeping you comfy year-round.
With updates in heat pump technology, these systems can now be used in a wide range of climates. But it’s important to know that you will typically have to have a secondary source of warmth if temperatures go below 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This may entail a dual-fuel system with a gas furnace. Heating alternates between the two to deliver the most energy-efficient heating comfort across your residence.
Because of the demand for dual-fuel systems in chillier climates, air source heat pumps are recommended locales without large temperature fluctuations and lower heating demands.
Mini-Split Heat Pumps: Recommended for Areas Without Ductwork in Colder Climates
Mini-split heat pumps are one of the most versatile types of heat pumps as they don’t need ductwork. This means you can add them just about anyplace in your home, including a garage or addition. They’re also extremely energy efficient, with the majority earning ENERGY STAR® designation.
Mini-splits have an outdoor unit that links to as many as four quiet, slim indoor units fixed on your wall or ceiling. This provides you with zoned heating and cooling, with precise temperature control in each area.
Outdoor air on even the chilliest days has some heat that your ductless heat pump can use and transfer indoors. Depending on the model you go with, some cold-weather mini-split heat pumps from Mitsubishi can operate in temperatures as cold as -13°F.
Geothermal Heat Pumps: Best for Extreme Temperatures and Big Yards
Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of even subterranean temperatures to significantly lower your heating and cooling expenses, often by 25%–50%! These systems have underground pipes to transfer heat to and from your house.
Geothermal isn’t disruptive and can last for many years—approximately 25 years for the indoor unit and around 50 years for the loop.
It doesn’t need a lot of maintenance and is great if you are in a climate with big temperature swings. In most instances, geothermal does not need a backup heating system.
However, you’ll have to have a large amount of space and the right type of soil to put in 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 high, continuing energy savings might help the system pay for itself over time.
Since geothermal is so efficient, using it could entitle you to 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 Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning heating and cooling technicians Experts. That’s since they have an A+ when it involves helping homeowners like you find the ideal heat pump system for their house.
But their labor doesn’t quit with heat pump installation. We stand behind our services with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year, as we want you to have the greatest 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 could think it is. Call us at 954-736-4314 to request your free home comfort assessment right away!
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