A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient ways to heat and cool your Calgary home. That’s since they move warm or cold air, rather than making it. But not everyone has been able to take advantage of this energy-saving technology.
In the past, heat pumps were only suggested for warmer locations, because they were less effective when temperatures were close to or below freezing. When the heat pump couldn’t match demand, the heating system would then rely on more costly electric heat as an emergency heat source to keep the house comfy.
With new technology, heat pump systems are now ideal for cold locations. Most can work smoothly at much lower temperatures, although some may still need a secondary heating system if temperatures dip too low. But it’s crucial to realize that today’s emergency heating solutions can also be more energy-efficient than previously.
We’ll go over the differing kinds of heat pumps so you can select the best one for your residence.
Air Source Heat Pumps: Right for Moderate Areas
Air source heat pumps are the most used kind of heat pump. They have an outdoor unit and an indoor air handler. These systems shift heat from either the indoor air during the warmer weather, or outside air during colder weather, keeping you cozy no matter the weather.
With advances in heat pump technology, these systems can now be added in a wide range of climates. But you should know that you will typically require a secondary source of warmth if temperatures go below 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This may 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 residence.
Due to the requirement for dual-fuel systems in cold climates, air source heat pumps are ideal locations without wide temperature changes and decreased heating needs.
Mini-Split Heat Pumps: Best for Rooms Without Ductwork in Cold Climates
Mini-split heat pumps are one of the most versatile styles of heat pumps since they don’t need ductwork. This means you can use them just about anywhere in your residence, including a garage or addition. They’re also extremely energy efficient, with the majority achieving ENERGY STAR® recognition.
Mini-splits work with an outdoor unit that links to as many as four quiet, low-profile indoor units mounted on your wall or ceiling. This allows you to have zoned heating and cooling, with precise temperature control in each space.
Outdoor air on even the coldest days contains some heat that your ductless heat pump can catch and send indoors. Depending on the type you go with, some cold-weather mini-split heat pumps from Mitsubishi can run in temperatures as cold as -13°F.
Geothermal Heat Pumps: Best for Extreme Temperatures and Large Yards
Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of stable subterranean temperatures to significantly lower your heating and cooling bills, usually by 25%–50%! These systems have subterranean pipes to transfer heat to and from your residence.
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 need a lot of upkeep and is best if you are in an extreme climate. Most of the time, geothermal does not require a secondary heating system.
However, you’ll have to have a lot of space and the ideal makeup of soil to put in the underground loops. You should also be aware that installation can run around $20,000–$25,000 for a 2,500-square foot home. Although the installation cost is pricier, ongoing energy savings could help the unit pay for itself over the years.
Because geothermal is so efficient, using it could make you eligible for federal tax credits and other rebates from your area energy provider.
We Guarantee You’ll be Pleased with Our Heat Pump Installation
There’s a reason why we refer to our A1 Chesney Service Experts heating and cooling professionals Experts. That’s due to the fact they have an A+ when it involves helping homeowners like you find the ideal heat pump system for their residence.
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 experience the highest comfort you can get from your new heat pump.
And keep in mind special offers, rebates and financing for qualified customers. Getting a new heat pump is even more reasonable than you could realize. Give us a call at 587-315-5271 to schedule your free home comfort assessment right away!
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