What Temps Do Heat Pumps Work In?

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

Previously, heat pumps were only suggested for temperate areas, as 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 an emergency heat source to keep the house comfy. 

With updated technology, heat pump systems are now ideal for cold areas. Most can work well at much colder temperatures, although some might still need a secondary heating system if temperatures get too cold. But it’s essential to know that today’s backup heating solutions can also be more energy-efficient than previously. 

We’ll go over the differing kinds of heat pumps so you can select the ideal one for your house. 

Air Source Heat Pumps: Ideal for Moderate Areas 

Air source heat pumps are the most used kind of heat pump. They use an outdoor unit and an indoor air handler. These systems move heat from either the indoor air during the warmer weather, or outside air during cold weather, keeping you comfy throughout the seasons. 

With updates in heat pump technology, these systems can now be used in a large range of climates. But it’s important to know that you will likely 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 switches between the two to deliver the most energy-efficient heating comfort across your house. 

Due to the requirement for dual-fuel systems in chillier climates, air source heat pumps are ideal areas without big temperature changes and lower heating requirements. 

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

Mini-split heat pumps are one of the most flexible kinds 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 use an outdoor unit that links to as many as four quiet, slim indoor units attached to your wall or ceiling. This gives you the ability to have zoned heating and cooling, with exact temperature control in each space. 

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

Geothermal Heat Pumps: Ideal for Harsh Temperatures and Big Yards 

Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of balanced subterranean temperatures to significantly reduce your heating and cooling costs, usually by 25%–50%! These systems have buried pipes to move heat to and from your house. 

Geothermal doesn’t make a lot of noise and can work for many years—around 25 years for the indoor unit and approximately 50 years for the loop. 

It doesn’t require a lot of service 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 add 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 might help the equipment pay for itself as time passes. 

Because geothermal saves a lot of energy, adding it might make you eligible for federal tax credits and other rebates from your area energy provider. 

We Guarantee You’ll Be Satisfied with Our Heat Pump Installation 

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

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

And keep in mind special offers, rebates and financing for qualified customers. Buying a new heat pump is even more reasonable than you may realize. Contact us at 866-397-3787 to book your free home comfort assessment now! 


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