Can I Install a Heat Pump in My Climate?

A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient ways to heat and cool your Denver home. That’s since they move warm or cold air, rather than making it. But not all homeowners have been able to enjoy this energy-saving technology.

At one time, heat pumps were only advised for temperate locations, as they were less effective when temperatures were around or below freezing. When the heat pump couldn’t match demand, the heating system would then switch to pricier electric heat as a secondary heat source to keep the home comfy.

With modern technology, heat pump systems are now great for colder locations. Most can work smoothly at much chillier temperatures, although some could still need a backup heating system if temperatures get too cold. But it’s crucial to be aware that today’s backup heating systems can also be more energy-efficient than previously.

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

Air Source Heat Pumps: Best for Moderate Locations

Air source heat pumps are the most installed type of heat pump. They have an outdoor unit and an indoor air handler. These systems shift heat from either the indoor air during the summer, or outside air during the winter, keeping you comfortable year-round.

With advances in heat pump technology, these systems can now be added in a wide range of climates. But it’s important to know that you will likely need a secondary source of heat if temperatures go under 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This could include a dual-fuel system with a gas furnace. Heating switches between the two to deliver the most energy-efficient heating comfort across your residence.

As a result of the requirement for dual-fuel systems in chillier climates, air source heat pumps are ideal locales without big temperature fluctuations and decreased heating demands.

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

Mini-split heat pumps are one of the most versatile types of heat pumps because they don’t require ductwork. This means you can install them just about in any room in your residence, including a garage or addition. They’re also extremely energy efficient, with many achieving ENERGY STAR® recognition.

Mini-splits work with 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 space.

Outdoor air on even the coldest days holds some heat that your ductless heat pump can catch and send indoors. Depending on the model you select, some cold-weather mini-split heat pumps from Mitsubishi can run in temperatures as cold as -13°F.

Geothermal Heat Pumps: Recommended for Harsh Temperatures and Spacious Yards

Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of even subterranean temperatures to significantly decrease your heating and cooling costs, typically by 25%–50%! These systems have buried pipes to transfer heat to and from your home.

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 require a lot of maintenance and is great if you reside in an extreme climate. Most of the time, geothermal does not require a backup heating system.

However, you’ll need a good amount of space and the right type of soil to add the underground loops. You should also be aware that installation is around $20,000–$25,000 for a 2,500-square foot home. Although the installation cost is pricier, continuing energy savings may help the geothermal pay for itself over time.

Because geothermal is so efficient, adding it may qualify you for federal tax credits and other rebates from your local energy provider.

We Guarantee You’ll be Pleased with Our Heat Pump Installation

There’s a reason why we call our Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning heating and cooling techs Experts. That’s since they have an A+ when it comes to helping homeowners like you choose the ideal heat pump system for their home.

But their service doesn’t stop with heat pump installation. We back our work with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year, because we want you to have the greatest comfort available from your new heat pump.

And keep in mind special offers, rebates and financing for qualified customers. Installing a new heat pump is even more reasonable than you may realize. Give us a call at 303-647-5853 to request your free home comfort assessment today!


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