What Temperatures Do Heat Pumps Work In?

A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient approaches to heat and cool your Dallas house. That’s since they transfer warm or cold air, rather than producing it. But not everyone has been able to use this energy-saving technology. 

At one time, heat pumps were only recommended for temperate locations, as 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 rely on more costly electric heat as a secondary heat source to keep the house comfy. 

With updated technology, heat pump systems are now great for cold areas. Most can work smoothly at much colder temperatures, although some might still need a secondary heating system if temperatures get too cold. But it’s important to know that today’s backup heating solutions can also be more energy-efficient than in years past. 

We’ll discuss the different kinds of heat pumps so you can choose the ideal one for your house. 

Air Source Heat Pumps: Ideal for Moderate Areas 

Air source heat pumps are the most common kind of heat pump. They use an outdoor unit and an indoor air handler. These systems transfer heat from either the indoor air during the warmer weather, or outside air during the winter, keeping you comfy throughout the seasons. 

With changes in heat pump technology, these systems can now be used in a large range of climates. But it’s important to know that you will likely need an auxiliary source of warmth if temperatures get colder than 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This may entail a dual-fuel system with a gas furnace. Heating alternates between the two to deliver the most energy-efficient heating comfort across your house. 

Due to the demand for dual-fuel systems in chillier climates, air source heat pumps are best suited for areas without large temperature fluctuations and lower heating requirements. 

Mini-Split Heat Pumps: Ideal for Spaces Without Ductwork in Cold Climates 

Mini-split heat pumps are one of the most flexible kinds of heat pumps as they don’t need ductwork. This means you can add them just about anyplace in your house, such as a garage or addition. They’re also highly energy efficient, with the majority earning ENERGY STAR® designation. 

Mini-splits use an outdoor unit that links to as many as four quiet, low-profile indoor units attached to your wall or ceiling. This gives you the ability to have zoned heating and cooling, with precise temperature control in each space. 

Outdoor air on even the chilliest days has some heat that your ductless heat pump can use and move indoors. Depending on the model you select, some cold-weather mini-split heat pumps from Mitsubishi can work in temperatures as cold as -13°F. 

Geothermal Heat Pumps: Ideal for Harsh Temperatures and Big Yards 

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

Geothermal doesn’t make a lot of noise and can run a long time—around 25 years for the indoor unit and about 50 years for the loop. 

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

However, you’ll need a good amount of space and the ideal kind of soil to install the underground loops. You should also be aware that installation costs around $20,000–$25,000 for a 2,500-square foot house. Although the installation cost is pricier, lifelong energy savings might help the equipment pay for itself as time passes. 

Since geothermal saves a lot of energy, using it might qualify you 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 Levy & Son Service Experts heating and cooling specialists Experts. That’s since they have an A+ when it involves helping homeowners like you choose the right heat pump system for their house. 

But their work doesn’t stop with heat pump installation. We back our services with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year, since we want you to experience the highest comfort you can receive from your new heat pump. 

And keep in mind special offers, rebates and financing for qualified customers. Buying a new heat pump is even more economical than you may realize. Contact us at 469-250-0932 to book your free home comfort assessment now! 


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