A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient ways to heat and cool your Jacksonville home. That’s because they shift 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 suggested for warmer climates, since they weren’t as effective when temperatures were around or below freezing. When the heat pump couldn’t meet demand, the heating system would then switch to pricier electric heat as a secondary heat source to keep the house comfortable.
With new technology, heat pump systems are now ideal for colder regions. Most can operate well at much lower temperatures, although some may still need a backup heating system if temperatures get too cold. But it’s important to know that today’s emergency heating solutions can also be more energy-efficient than previously.
We’ll discuss the differing types of heat pumps so you can select the right one for your house.
Air Source Heat Pumps: Right for Moderate Areas
Air source heat pumps are the most installed 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 cold weather, keeping you comfy throughout the seasons.
With advances 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 probably need an emergency source of warmth if temperatures go under 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This could include a dual-fuel system with a gas furnace. Heating changes between the two to give the most energy-efficient heating comfort across your residence.
As a result of the demand for dual-fuel systems in cold climates, air source heat pumps are recommended locations without large temperature fluctuations and more moderate heating demands.
Mini-Split Heat Pumps: Recommended for Areas Without Ductwork in Chillier Climates
Mini-split heat pumps are one of the most flexible styles of heat pumps as they don’t need ductwork. This means you can install them just about anywhere in your residence, like a garage or addition. They’re also very energy efficient, with most earning ENERGY STAR® status.
Mini-splits work with an outdoor unit that joins to as many as four quiet, small indoor units fixed on your wall or ceiling. This allows you to have zoned heating and cooling, with exact temperature control in each room.
Outdoor air on even the chilliest days contains some heat that your ductless heat pump can catch and move indoors. Depending on the type 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 stable subterranean temperatures to tremendously decrease your heating and cooling bills, usually by 25%–50%! These systems have subterranean pipes to shift heat to and from your residence.
Geothermal is quiet and can last a long time—about 25 years for the indoor unit and around 50 years for the loop.
It doesn’t require a lot of service and is great if you are in a climate with big temperature swings. Most of the time, geothermal does not have to have a secondary heating system.
However, you’ll have to have a lot of space and the right kind of soil to add the underground loops. You should also be aware that installation costs around $20,000–$25,000 for a 2,500-square foot residence. Although the installation cost is more expensive, lifelong energy savings could help the unit pay for itself as time passes.
Because geothermal saves a lot of energy, installing it might qualify you for federal tax credits and other rebates from your local energy provider.
We Guarantee You’ll Be Satisfied with Our Heat Pump Installation
There’s a reason why we refer to our Air Engineers Service Experts heating and cooling pros Experts. That’s since they have an A+ when it involves helping homeowners like you choose the right heat pump system for their home.
But their labor doesn’t quit with heat pump installation. We support our services with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year, because we want you to experience the highest 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 affordable than you could think it is. Contact us at 904-450-5672 to book your free home comfort assessment right away!
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