The answer is simple: yes!
You can absolutely heat (and cool) your home or office with a heat pump. This holds true even when temperatures drop below freezing.
Some of the many benefits of using a heat pump include:
- The ability to both heat and cool your space
- Energy efficient (which saves you money)
- Consistent temperature (which results in consistent comfort)
- Quiet operation
Should You Use a Heat Pump for New England Climate?
There’s no right or wrong answer to this question, as it depends on factors such as your current HVAC system, personal needs, and size and layout of your home.
However, as noted above, using a heat pump in the New England states is an option to consider. And with an average temperature of 32 degrees Fahrenheit in January, you’ll need an efficient and effective system such as this.
Do Heat Pumps Work Below 20 Degrees?
It’s a common myth that heat pumps don’t operate efficiently in cold weather climates. Modern units are designed to tackle even the coldest of temperatures, within reason.
Generally speaking, heat pumps begin to lose efficiency when temperatures drop below 20 degrees Fahrenheit.
Because heat pumps may lose efficiency under 20 degrees, many New England homeowners keep their furnace as a back up. This heat pump-furnace combo is still more efficient than running a furnace on its own on frigid winter days and nights, thus allowing you to keep your home comfortable while saving money.
Can a Heat Pump Warm an Entire Home?
Yes, a multi-zone heat pump is capable of supplying heat to your entire home, even if it’s more than one story.
The key to effective heating is choosing the right size pump, which is based primarily on the size of your home.
If you install a heat pump that’s too small, it won’t have enough power to warm your entire home. But if you install one that’s too powerful, it will cost you in terms of efficiency. The perfect size will give you the results you’re seeking.
Where Should I Place my Heat Pump?
If you’re convinced that a heat pump is right for your home or office, it’s time to dig into the finer details. And that means deciding where to place your heat pump.
With both an indoor and outdoor unit, it’s best to keep an open mind as doing so maximizes your chance of finding a suitable location. Also, the size of the units and layout of your home will come into play.
In regards to the air handlers placed throughout your home, discuss your options with your installation team. They can help you decide how to set up zones, the best location for individual air handlers, and how to arrange your system to work at peak efficiency.
Installing a heat pump in the right area is a big deal, so always leave the final decision to a professional. Should you require assistance, contact us to schedule an in-home consultation.