A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient methods to heat and cool your San Antonio house. That’s due to the fact they shift warm or cold air, rather than producing it. But not everyone has been able to enjoy this energy-saving technology.
At one time, heat pumps were only recommended for moderate climates, as they were less effective when temperatures were near or below freezing. When the heat pump couldn’t match demand, the heating system would then switch to more costly electric heat as a backup heat source to keep the house comfortable.
With new technology, heat pump systems are now recommended for chillier regions. Most can work smoothly at much chillier temperatures, although some might still need a secondary heating system if temperatures get too chilly. But it’s important to note that today’s emergency heating solutions can also be more energy-efficient than in years past.
We’ll review the varying types of heat pumps so you can select the best one for your residence.
Air Source Heat Pumps: Right for Moderate Locations
Air source heat pumps are the most common style of heat pump. They have 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 colder weather, keeping you comfy no matter the weather.
With advances in heat pump technology, these systems can now be installed in a full range of climates. But you should know that you will probably need an auxiliary source of heating if temperatures go below 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This might include a dual-fuel system with a gas furnace. Heating alternates between the two to give the most energy-efficient heating comfort across your residence.
As a result of the demand for dual-fuel systems in colder climates, air source heat pumps are ideal locations without big temperature swings and lower heating demands.
Mini-Split Heat Pumps: Recommended for Spaces Without Ductwork in Cold Climates
Mini-split heat pumps are one of the most versatile kinds of heat pumps since they don’t have to have ductwork. This means you can add them just about anywhere in your home, such as a garage or addition. They’re also highly energy efficient, with the majority earning ENERGY STAR® designation.
Mini-splits have an outdoor unit that joins 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 exact temperature control in each area.
Outdoor air on even the most frigid days has some heat that your ductless heat pump can use and transfer indoors. Depending on the kind you select, some cold-weather mini-split heat pumps from Mitsubishi can run in temperatures as frigid as -13°F.
Geothermal Heat Pumps: Ideal for Wide-Ranging Temperatures and Spacious Yards
Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of steady subterranean temperatures to tremendously lower your heating and cooling expenses, often by 25%–50%! These systems rely on underground pipes to move heat to and from your residence.
Geothermal doesn’t make a lot of noise and can work for many years—about 25 years for the indoor unit and about 50 years for the loop.
It doesn’t need a lot of service and is great if you live in a climate with big temperature swings. Most of the time, geothermal does not require 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, continuing energy savings may help the equipment pay for itself over time.
Because geothermal saves a lot of energy, using it might qualify you for federal tax credits and other rebates from your area energy provider.
Your Satisfaction is Guaranteed with Our Heat Pump Installation
There’s a reason why we named our Aramendia Plumbing, Heating and Air heating and cooling specialists Experts. That’s because they have an A+ when it comes to helping homeowners like you select the best heat pump system for their residence.
But their labor doesn’t stop with heat pump installation. We back our services with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year, because we want you to have the greatest comfort you can get from your new heat pump.
And don’t forget about special offers, rebates and financing for qualified customers. Buying a new heat pump is even more reasonable than you might be aware. Give us a call at 210-404-4233 to request your free home comfort assessment now!
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