Will a Heat Pump Be Ideal in My Climate?

A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient ways to heat and cool your Hilton Head Island home. That’s due to the fact they transfer warm or cold air, rather than producing it. But not all homeowners have been able to take advantage of this energy-saving technology.

In the past, heat pumps were only suggested for temperate areas, since they weren’t as effective when temperatures were close to or below freezing. When the heat pump couldn’t meet demand, the heating system would then rely on pricier electric heat as a secondary heat source to keep the house comfortable.

With modern technology, heat pump systems are now ideal for colder locations. Most can work smoothly at much colder temperatures, although some may still need a secondary heating system if temperatures dip too low. But it’s crucial to note that today’s secondary heating equipment can also be more energy-efficient than previously.

We’ll discuss the varying styles of heat pumps so you can find the best one for your home.

Air Source Heat Pumps: Right for Moderate Locations

Air source heat pumps are the most used type of heat pump. They rely on 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 comfortable year-round.

With advances in heat pump technology, these systems can now be installed in a wide range of climates. But you should know that you will typically require a secondary source of warmth if temperatures go below 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This could entail a dual-fuel system with a gas furnace. Heating alternates between the two to give the most energy-efficient heating comfort all over your residence.

As a result of the requirement for dual-fuel systems in chillier climates, air source heat pumps are recommended locales without wide temperature swings and lower heating needs.

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

Mini-split heat pumps are one of the most versatile styles of heat pumps as they don’t need ductwork. This means you can install them just about anywhere in your residence, such as a garage or addition. They’re also extremely energy efficient, with most achieving ENERGY STAR® designation.

Mini-splits use an outdoor unit that joins to as many as four quiet, low-profile indoor units mounted 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 chilliest days holds some heat that your ductless heat pump can catch and send indoors. Depending on the kind you choose, some cold-weather mini-split heat pumps from Mitsubishi can operate in temperatures as cold as -13°F.

Geothermal Heat Pumps: Best for Harsh Temperatures and Spacious Yards

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

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

It doesn’t require a lot of upkeep and is ideal if you are in an extreme climate. A lot of the time, geothermal does not have to have an auxiliary heating system.

However, you’ll need a large amount of space and the right makeup of soil to put in the underground loops. It’s also important to note that installation costs around $20,000–$25,000 for a 2,500-square foot residence. Although the installation cost is more expensive, ongoing energy savings might help the equipment pay for itself over time.

As geothermal conserves a lot of energy, adding it could make you eligible 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 Epperson Service Experts heating and cooling specialists Experts. That’s since they have an A+ when it involves helping homeowners like you choose the ideal heat pump system for their house.

But their labor doesn’t stop with heat pump installation. We support our services 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 keep in mind special offers, rebates and financing for qualified customers. Installing a new heat pump is even more affordable than you may realize. Call us at 843-619-3781 to book your free home comfort assessment right away!


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