Can I Install a Heat Pump in My Climate?

A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient methods to heat and cool your Knoxville residence. That’s since they transfer warm or cold air, rather than creating it. But not all families have been able to enjoy this energy-saving technology.

At one time, heat pumps were only suggested for warmer climates, since they were less 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 an emergency heat source to keep the home comfortable.

With new technology, heat pump systems are now great for cold areas. Most can operate well at much lower temperatures, although some might still need an auxiliary heating system if temperatures get too cold. But it’s important to know that today’s backup heating equipment can also be more energy-efficient than before.

We’ll discuss the varying types of heat pumps so you can choose the best one for your house.

Air Source Heat Pumps: Right for Moderate Climates

Air source heat pumps are the most used style of heat pump. They use an outdoor unit and an indoor air handler. These systems transfer heat from either the indoor air during the warm weather, or outside air during the winter, keeping you cozy no matter the weather.

With updates in heat pump technology, these systems can now be added in a wide range of climates. But it’s important to be aware that you will likely have to have a backup source of heating if temperatures go below 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This might include a dual-fuel system with a gas furnace. Heating switches between the two to provide the most energy-efficient heating comfort all over your home.

Because of the need for dual-fuel systems in chillier climates, air source heat pumps are recommended areas without large temperature fluctuations and more moderate heating needs.

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

Mini-split heat pumps are one of the most adaptable styles of heat pumps as they don’t have to have ductwork. This means you can use them just about anywhere in your residence, like a garage or addition. They’re also very energy efficient, with many earning ENERGY STAR® designation.

Mini-splits have an outdoor unit that joins to as many as four quiet, low-profile indoor units fixed 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 coldest days contains some heat that your ductless heat pump can catch and transfer indoors. Depending on the type you go with, some cold-weather mini-split heat pumps from Mitsubishi can run in temperatures as frigid as -13°F.

Geothermal Heat Pumps: Best for Extreme Temperatures and Large Yards

Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of steady subsurface temperatures to significantly reduce your heating and cooling bills, often by 25%–50%! These systems use subterranean pipes to transfer heat to and from your house.

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

It doesn’t need a lot of service and is best if you live in a climate where temperatures vary greatly. In most instances, geothermal does not need an auxiliary heating system.

However, you’ll have to have a large amount of space and the right makeup of soil to install the underground loops. You should also be aware that installation is around $20,000–$25,000 for a 2,500-square foot house. Although the installation cost is pricier, ongoing energy savings might help the geothermal pay for itself over the years.

Because geothermal saves a lot of energy, installing it may make you eligible for federal tax credits and other rebates from your community energy provider.

We Guarantee You’ll Be Satisfied with Our Heat Pump Installation

There’s a reason why we call our R & M Climate Control Service Experts heating and cooling techs Experts. That’s since they have an A+ when it involves helping homeowners like you select the best heat pump system for their residence.

But their work 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 enjoy the greatest comfort available from your new heat pump.

And bear in mind special offers, rebates and financing for qualified customers. Installing a new heat pump is even more reasonable than you could think it is. Contact us at 865-229-6176 to book your free home comfort assessment today!


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