Can I Install a Heat Pump in My Climate?

A heat pump is one of the most energy-efficient approaches to heat and cool your Edmonton house. That’s since they move warm or cold air, as opposed to producing it. But not all homeowners have been able to use this energy-saving technology.

Previously, heat pumps were only suggested for warmer climates, because they were less effective when temperatures were close to or below freezing. When the heat pump couldn’t provide the desired temperature, the heating system would then switch to more costly electric heat as a secondary heat source to keep the residence comfy.

With new technology, heat pump systems are now recommended for chillier locations. Most can run well at much colder temperatures, although some may still need an auxiliary heating system if temperatures get too chilly. But it’s important to be aware that today’s backup heating systems can also be more energy-efficient than previously.

We’ll discuss the differing kinds of heat pumps so you can select the right one for your home.

Air Source Heat Pumps: Ideal for Moderate Climates

Air source heat pumps are the most installed 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 the winter, keeping you cozy throughout the seasons.

With advances in heat pump technology, these systems can now be added in a large range of climates. But you should know that you will typically require a backup source of heat if temperatures go below 10 degrees Fahrenheit. This may involve a dual-fuel system with a gas furnace. Heating changes between the two to deliver the most energy-efficient heating comfort across your residence.

Due to the need for dual-fuel systems in chillier climates, air source heat pumps are best suited for locales without large temperature changes and more moderate heating demands.

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

Mini-split heat pumps are one of the most flexible types of heat pumps since they don’t require ductwork. This means you can add them just about in any room in your house, like a garage or addition. They’re also highly energy efficient, with most receiving ENERGY STAR® designation.

Mini-splits have an outdoor unit that connects to as many as four quiet, low-profile indoor units attached to your wall or ceiling. This gives you the ability to have zoned heating and cooling, with precise temperature control in each area.

Outdoor air on even the most frigid days has some heat that your ductless heat pump can catch and transfer indoors. Depending on the type you go with, some cold-weather mini-split heat pumps from Mitsubishi can operate in temperatures as cold as -13°F.

Geothermal Heat Pumps: Ideal for Harsh Temperatures and Large Yards

Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of even subterranean temperatures to drastically reduce your heating and cooling expenses, typically by 25%–50%! These systems have underground pipes to shift heat to and from your residence.

Geothermal isn’t disruptive and can work a long time—approximately 25 years for the indoor unit and about 50 years for the loop.

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

However, you’ll require a lot of space and the correct makeup of soil to put in the underground loops. You should also know that installation costs around $20,000–$25,000 for a 2,500-square foot home. Although the installation cost is pricier, long-term energy savings could help the equipment pay for itself over the years.

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

Your Satisfaction is Guaranteed with Our Heat Pump Installation

There’s a reason why we named our McKinley Heating Service Experts heating and cooling pros Experts. That’s since they have an A+ when it includes helping homeowners like you find the right heat pump system for their house.

But their service doesn’t end with heat pump installation. We stand behind our work with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee* for a year, because we want you to experience the very best comfort you can get 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 realize. Give us a call at 780-800-7092 to request your free home comfort assessment right away!


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