A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient ways to heat and cool your Waukegan house. That’s since they shift warm or cold air, rather than producing it. But not all homeowners have been able to enjoy this energy-saving technology.
In the past, heat pumps were only suggested for temperate locations, since they weren’t as effective when temperatures were near or below freezing. When the heat pump couldn’t meet demand, the heating system would then rely on more costly electric heat as a backup heat source to keep the house comfy.
With updated technology, heat pump systems are now recommended for chillier areas. Most can run well at much colder temperatures, although some could 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 review the differing styles of heat pumps so you can select the ideal one for your house.
Air source heat pumps are the most common kind of heat pump. They use an outdoor unit and an indoor air handler. These systems shift heat from either the indoor air during the summer, or outside air during cold weather, keeping you comfy throughout the seasons.
With updates in heat pump technology, these systems can now be added in a full range of climates. But it’s important to know that you will probably require an auxiliary source of warmth if temperatures get colder than 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This may involve a dual-fuel system with a gas furnace. Heating changes between the two to give the most energy-efficient heating comfort across your house.
Because of the requirement for dual-fuel systems in colder climates, air source heat pumps are ideal areas without wide temperature changes and lower heating requirements.
Mini-split heat pumps are one of the most versatile styles of heat pumps as they don’t require ductwork. This means you can use them just about anyplace in your home, such as a garage or addition. They’re also very energy efficient, with the majority earning ENERGY STAR® status.
Mini-splits work with an outdoor unit that links to as many as four quiet, slim indoor units attached to your wall or ceiling. This provides you with 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 capture and move indoors. Depending on the type you choose, some cold-weather mini-split heat pumps from Mitsubishi can run in temperatures as cold as -13°F.
Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of balanced subterranean temperatures to significantly lower your heating and cooling costs, usually by 25%–50%! These systems use buried pipes to shift heat to and from your house.
Geothermal doesn’t make a lot of noise and can work for years—about 25 years for the indoor unit and approximately 50 years for the loop.
It doesn’t require a lot of maintenance and is ideal if you are in a climate with big temperature swings. Most of the time, geothermal does not need an auxiliary heating system.
However, you’ll require 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 more expensive, lifelong energy savings could help the equipment pay for itself as time passes.
Because geothermal is so efficient, adding it could entitle you to federal tax credits and other rebates from your community energy provider.
There’s a reason why we refer to our Robinson Service Experts heating and cooling techs Experts. That’s since they have an A+ when it includes helping homeowners like you find the ideal heat pump system for their house.
But their service doesn’t stop with heat pump installation. We support our work with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year, as we want you to enjoy the very best 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 affordable than you may realize. Contact us at 847-306-8730 to request your free home comfort assessment now!
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