A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient ways to heat and cool your Winnipeg house. That’s because they move 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 recommended for warmer areas, because they lose efficiency when temperatures were around or below freezing. When the heat pump couldn’t keep up, the heating system would then rely on more costly electric heat as a secondary heat source to keep the residence comfy.
With new technology, heat pump systems are now great for cold locations. Most can run well at much lower temperatures, although some could still need an auxiliary heating system if temperatures dip too low. But it’s crucial to be aware that today’s secondary heating systems can also be more energy-efficient than before.
We’ll review the varying kinds of heat pumps so you can select the best one for your house.
Air Source Heat Pumps: Best for Moderate Climates
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 colder weather, keeping you comfortable no matter the weather.
With changes in heat pump technology, these systems can now be added in a large range of climates. But you should know that you will typically need a secondary source of heat if temperatures go below 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This could include a dual-fuel system with a gas furnace. Heating alternates between the two to deliver the most energy-efficient heating comfort across your home.
Because of the demand for dual-fuel systems in colder climates, air source heat pumps are best suited for areas without wide temperature fluctuations and more moderate heating requirements.
Mini-Split Heat Pumps: Recommended for Areas Without Ductwork in Chillier Climates
Mini-split heat pumps are one of the most flexible kinds of heat pumps since they don’t have to have ductwork. This means you can add them just about anyplace in your home, including a garage or addition. They’re also extremely energy efficient, with many receiving ENERGY STAR® designation.
Mini-splits use an outdoor unit that connects to as many as four quiet, slim indoor units mounted on your wall or ceiling. This provides you with zoned heating and cooling, with accurate temperature control in each area.
Outdoor air on even the chilliest days contains some heat that your ductless heat pump can capture and move indoors. Depending on the kind you go with, some cold-weather mini-split heat pumps from Mitsubishi can operate in temperatures as frigid as -13°F.
Geothermal Heat Pumps: Ideal for Harsh Temperatures and Spacious Yards
Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of balanced subterranean temperatures to tremendously reduce your heating and cooling bills, often by 25%–50%! These systems use subterranean pipes to transfer heat to and from your house.
Geothermal doesn’t make a lot of noise and can last a long time—about 25 years for the indoor unit and around 50 years for the loop.
It doesn’t have to have a lot of upkeep and is great if you are in an extreme climate. In most instances, geothermal does not need a secondary heating system.
However, you’ll need a large amount of space and the right makeup 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 high, lifelong energy savings may help the system pay for itself over time.
As geothermal is so efficient, adding it could make you eligible for 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 Winnipeg Supply Service Experts heating and cooling specialists Experts. That’s because they have an A+ when it comes to helping homeowners like you choose the best heat pump system for their house.
But their work doesn’t stop with heat pump installation. We support our job with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year, because we want you to enjoy the very best 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 affordable than you might think it is. Call us at 204-800-0613 to request your free home comfort assessment now!
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