Can I Use a Heat Pump in My Area?

A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient approaches to heat and cool your Kitchener home. That’s since they shift warm or cold air, instead of producing it. But not all families have been able to enjoy this energy-saving technology.

At one time, heat pumps were only suggested for temperate areas, as they were less effective when temperatures were near or below freezing. When the heat pump couldn’t keep up, the heating system would then trigger pricier electric heat as an emergency heat source to keep the house comfortable.

With new technology, heat pump systems are now ideal for cold locations. Most can operate smoothly at much colder temperatures, although some might still need an auxiliary 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 go over the varying types of heat pumps so you can choose 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 rely on 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 cozy no matter the weather.

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

Because of the demand for dual-fuel systems in cold climates, air source heat pumps are recommended locations without big temperature fluctuations and decreased heating requirements.

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

Mini-split heat pumps are one of the most versatile styles of heat pumps because they don’t have to have ductwork. This means you can install them just about anywhere in your residence, such as a garage or addition. They’re also extremely energy efficient, with most earning ENERGY STAR® recognition.

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 gives you the ability to have zoned heating and cooling, with precise temperature control in each room.

Outdoor air on even the coldest days holds some heat that your ductless heat pump can capture and move indoors. Depending on the type you choose, some cold-weather mini-split heat pumps from Mitsubishi can run in temperatures as cold as -13°F.

Geothermal Heat Pumps: Ideal for Harsh Temperatures and Big Yards

Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of steady underground temperatures to significantly decrease your heating and cooling costs, often by 25%–50%! These systems have subterranean pipes to transfer heat to and from your house.

Geothermal doesn’t make a lot of noise and can work for years—approximately 25 years for the indoor unit and around 50 years for the loop.

It doesn’t require a lot of upkeep and is ideal if you reside in a climate where temperatures vary greatly. In most instances, geothermal does not have to have a secondary heating system.

However, you’ll have to have a lot of space and the right makeup of soil to install the underground loops. It’s also important to note that installation is around $20,000–$25,000 for a 2,500-square foot house. Although the installation cost is high, long-term energy savings might help the unit pay for itself over the years.

Because geothermal conserves a lot of energy, using it may qualify you for 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 Boehmers/Cronin Emery Service Experts heating and cooling technicians Experts. That’s because they have an A+ when it includes helping homeowners like you select the right heat pump system for their house.

But their service doesn’t end with heat pump installation. We stand behind our work with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year, since we want you to have the greatest comfort you can receive 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 affordable than you may realize. Call us at 519-804-1617 to request your free home comfort assessment right away!


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