What Temperatures Do Heat Pumps Work In?

A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient ways to heat and cool your Edmonton house. That’s since they move warm or cold air, as opposed to creating it. But not everyone has been able to enjoy this energy-saving technology.

At one time, heat pumps were only suggested for warmer areas, since they weren’t as effective when temperatures were close to or below freezing. When the heat pump couldn’t meet demand, the heating system would then trigger more expensive electric heat as a secondary heat source to keep the residence comfy.

With new technology, heat pump systems are now recommended for colder locations. Most can operate well at much lower temperatures, although some could still need a backup heating system if temperatures dip too low. But it’s important to note that today’s emergency heating systems can also be more energy-efficient than in years past.

We’ll go over the differing styles of heat pumps so you can select the right one for your house.

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 warm weather, or outside air during colder weather, keeping you comfortable year-round.

With updates in heat pump technology, these systems can now be added in a large range of climates. But it’s important to be aware that you will likely need an emergency source of warmth if temperatures get colder than 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This could include a dual-fuel system with a gas furnace. Heating alternates between the two to provide the most energy-efficient heating comfort all over your residence.

As a result of the need for dual-fuel systems in colder climates, air source heat pumps are recommended locations without large temperature swings and decreased heating requirements.

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

Mini-split heat pumps are one of the most flexible styles of heat pumps because they don’t require ductwork. This means you can use them just about anywhere in your house, such as a garage or addition. They’re also extremely energy efficient, with many achieving ENERGY STAR® status.

Mini-splits work with an outdoor unit that connects to as many as four quiet, small indoor units mounted 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 most frigid days contains 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 work in temperatures as cold as -13°F.

Geothermal Heat Pumps: Recommended for Extreme Temperatures and Large Yards

Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of stable underground temperatures to tremendously lower your heating and cooling costs, typically by 25%–50%! These systems have subterranean pipes to move heat to and from your house.

Geothermal is quiet and can last for years—about 25 years for the indoor unit and about 50 years for the loop.

It doesn’t require a lot of maintenance and is ideal if you live in a climate with big temperature swings. A lot of the time, geothermal does not need a secondary heating system.

However, you’ll require a lot of space and the correct makeup of soil to add the underground loops. It’s also important to note that installation costs around $20,000–$25,000 for a 2,500-square foot home. Although the installation cost is pricier, long-term energy savings could help the system pay for itself as time passes.

As geothermal saves a lot of energy, installing it may qualify you for federal tax credits and other rebates from your local energy provider.

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