A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient approaches to heat and cool your Tulsa house. That’s because they transfer warm or cold air, rather than producing it. But not everyone has been able to take advantage of this energy-saving technology.
In the past, heat pumps were only advised for warmer areas, because 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 backup heat source to keep the home cozy.
With modern technology, heat pump systems are now recommended for colder locations. Most can operate well at much chillier temperatures, although some might still need a backup heating system if temperatures dip too low. But it’s important to know that today’s emergency heating equipment can also be more energy-efficient than in years past.
We’ll discuss the varying 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 type of heat pump. They have 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 comfortable year-round.
With updates in heat pump technology, these systems can now be used in a large range of climates. But it’s important to be aware that you will likely have to have a backup source of heat if temperatures go under 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This might entail a dual-fuel system with a gas furnace. Heating switches between the two to deliver the most energy-efficient heating comfort throughout your residence.
Due to the demand for dual-fuel systems in chillier climates, air source heat pumps are recommended locations without wide temperature changes and lower heating demands.
Mini-Split Heat Pumps: Best for Areas Without Ductwork in Cold Climates
Mini-split heat pumps are one of the most flexible styles of heat pumps since they don’t require ductwork. This means you can use them just about anywhere in your home, including a garage or addition. They’re also very energy efficient, with the majority receiving ENERGY STAR® status.
Mini-splits work with an outdoor unit that links to as many as four quiet, slim indoor units fixed on your wall or ceiling. This allows you to have zoned heating and cooling, with accurate temperature control in each area.
Outdoor air on even the coldest days contains some heat that your ductless heat pump can use and send indoors. Depending on the kind you select, some cold-weather mini-split heat pumps from Mitsubishi can operate in temperatures as low as -13°F.
Geothermal Heat Pumps: Best for Harsh Temperatures and Large Yards
Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of steady underground temperatures to drastically reduce your heating and cooling expenses, usually by 25%–50%! These systems have underground pipes to transfer heat to and from your home.
Geothermal isn’t disruptive and can run for many years—approximately 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 where temperatures vary greatly. In most instances, geothermal does not require a backup heating system.
However, you’ll require a good amount of space and the correct kind of soil to put in the underground loops. You should also be aware that installation can run around $20,000–$25,000 for a 2,500-square foot home. Although the installation cost is pricier, ongoing energy savings could help the unit pay for itself over the years.
Because geothermal saves a lot of energy, adding it could entitle you to federal tax credits and other rebates from your community energy provider.
We Guarantee You’ll be Pleased with Our Heat Pump Installation
There’s a reason why we named our Jack Nelson Service Experts heating and cooling pros Experts. That’s because they have an A+ when it comes to helping homeowners like you choose the right heat pump system for their home.
But their service doesn’t end with heat pump installation. We stand behind our work with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year, as we want you to enjoy the highest comfort you can receive from your new heat pump.
And don’t forget about special offers, rebates and financing for qualified customers. Installing a new heat pump is even more reasonable than you may be aware. Give us a call at 918-212-8927 to request your free home comfort assessment now!
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