Heat pumps are effective in many geographies, but are especially popular in milder climates that don’t have extremely cold or harsh winters.
Where do heat pumps work best?
Heat pumps can be a smart and energy efficient HVAC solution no matter where you live, but they’re especially popular in the South or Southwest where temperatures rarely dip below freezing. Even if you live in colder areas of the country, a heat pump may be the right choice for your home when matched with a furnace or other electric heating device. This way, your home will continue to stay warm on the coldest days and run more efficiently for the bulk of the season.
AT WHAT TEMPERATURE ARE HEAT PUMPS MOST EFFECTIVE?
Wide range of temperatures
A heat pump is effective on its own at all temperatures, because of its ability to use a gas furnace or an air handler with supplemental electric heat when temperatures drop to help heat your home. The most efficient heat pumps, like the Trane XV20i, can operate in temperatures as low as 0 degrees Fahrenheit.
HEAT PUMPS MAIN BENEFIT:
The main advantage of a heat pump is energy efficiency. Heat pumps extract heat from the air and move it, creating a comfortable space regardless of the outdoor temperature. In the summer, a heat pump acts just like an air conditioner and has similar energy output and efficiency based on the model you choose. During the winter, it reverses to pull heat from the air outside and move it inside.*
A heat pump can lower your energy cost
Compared to a traditional furnace and air conditioner heating and cooling setup, a heat pump can save you as much as $526 a year in energy costs.**
Heat pump costs
*The majority of systems installed prior to 2006 are 10 SEER or lower. Potential energy savings may vary depending on your personal lifestyle, system settings and usage, equipment maintenance, local climate, actual construction and installation of equipment and duct system.
**Based on ENERGY STAR's Savings Calculator for a 3-ton 21 SEER/10 HSPF heat pump and programmable thermostat versus the industry standard 14 SEER/8.2 HSPF 3-ton heat pump and standard thermostat in St. Louis, MO.
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