A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient ways to heat and cool your Calgary house. That’s due to the fact they shift 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 advised for moderate areas, as they lose efficiency when temperatures were close to or below freezing. When the heat pump couldn’t keep up, the heating system would then rely on more expensive electric heat as a backup heat source to keep the house cozy.
With modern technology, heat pump systems are now recommended for cold areas. Most can work smoothly at much colder temperatures, although some could still need a secondary heating system if temperatures get too cold. But it’s important to know that today’s auxiliary heating solutions can also be more energy-efficient than previously.
We’ll discuss the different styles of heat pumps so you can select the ideal one for your residence.
Air Source Heat Pumps: Ideal for Moderate Locations
Air source heat pumps are the most used type of heat pump. They have an outdoor unit and an indoor air handler. These systems transfer heat from either the indoor air during the summer, or outside air during colder weather, keeping you comfortable throughout the seasons.
With updates in heat pump technology, these systems can now be installed in a large range of climates. But you should know that you will typically require a backup source of heating if temperatures go below 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This could include a dual-fuel system with a gas furnace. Heating changes between the two to provide the most energy-efficient heating comfort all over your home.
Because of the requirement for dual-fuel systems in colder climates, air source heat pumps are recommended locations without large temperature fluctuations and lower heating needs.
Mini-Split Heat Pumps: Recommended for Areas Without Ductwork in Colder Climates
Mini-split heat pumps are one of the most adaptable styles of heat pumps because they don’t have to have ductwork. This means you can install them just about anywhere in your residence, like a garage or addition. They’re also highly energy efficient, with the majority receiving ENERGY STAR® recognition.
Mini-splits have an outdoor unit that connects to as many as four quiet, low-profile indoor units mounted on your wall or ceiling. This gives you the ability 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 capture and move indoors. Depending on the model you choose, some cold-weather mini-split heat pumps from Mitsubishi can work in temperatures as low as -13°F.
Geothermal Heat Pumps: Best for Extreme Temperatures and Spacious Yards
Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of even subsurface temperatures to drastically lower your heating and cooling expenses, typically by 25%–50%! These systems rely on subterranean pipes to move heat to and from your house.
Geothermal isn’t disruptive and can work for years—approximately 25 years for the indoor unit and about 50 years for the loop.
It doesn’t need a lot of maintenance and is best if you live in a climate with big temperature swings. In most instances, geothermal does not need a secondary 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 know that installation can run around $20,000–$25,000 for a 2,500-square foot home. Although the installation cost is pricier, continuing energy savings could help the geothermal pay for itself over time.
Since geothermal conserves a lot of energy, using it could entitle you to federal tax credits and other rebates from your local energy provider.
We Guarantee You’ll be Pleased with Our Heat Pump Installation
There’s a reason why we call our Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning heating and cooling technicians Experts. That’s because they have an A+ when it comes to helping homeowners like you select the best heat pump system for their residence.
But their service doesn’t stop with heat pump installation. We stand behind our job with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year, since we want you to experience the greatest comfort you can get from your new heat pump.
And don’t forget about special offers, rebates and financing for qualified customers. Installing a new heat pump is even more economical than you may be aware. Give us a call at 403-279-5760 to schedule your free home comfort assessment right away!
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