Heat Pumps for Cold Climates
There are a lot of benefits to using a heat pump in your home, but there is a misconception that they aren’t effective in colder climates. Colorado’s weather can range from bright and sunny, to frigid and snowy – sometimes within the same afternoon. That makes a heat pump one of the most efficient options to heat and cool your home – and yes, it’ll even be efficient when those temperatures drop below freezing.
A cold-climate heat pump system can heat and cool your home at a fraction of the cost of using propane or oil. They can work in sub-zero temperatures to keep things comfortable by using the outside air to heat or cool your home. Heat pumps transfer heat from the outside air into your home during the cold months, and cool your space by moving the heat from the inside, out during the warmer months. This two-way transfer is accomplished through a heat exchanger, compressor and a refrigerant system that allows the heat to be moved around.
Heat pumps are powered by electricity, and can even be powered by solar energy. That makes heat pumps one of the cleanest and most energy efficient heating and cooling options on the market. Renewable energy sources are increasingly more popular, and heat pumps definitely check that box. However, now heat pumps are available everywhere, thanks to advancements in technology that have made them a viable option for even the coldest of climates.
Because of a change in compressor technology, there are a number of heat pumps on the market that maintain their efficiency even when the temperatures dive well below zero. Heat pumps are designed to run to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home. As the temps outside drop below freezing, it demands more of your heating system. By keeping your thermostat dialed in to the proper temperature, the heat pump will work continuously to keep your hope at the desired comfort level.
Even working continuously, the efficiency of the unit can still run less expensive than other systems that burn off fuel like oil or propane. Finding the best heat pump for cold weather in 2022 means finding the most efficient system. If it’s going to be running constantly in the colder areas and/or higher elevations of Colorado, it’s important to talk to experts to find the most efficient cold-climate heat pump for your situation.
Heat pumps can deliver in cold weather, and the technology is only getting better. There no longer needs to be concern as to whether they can stand up to the demands of colder climates, and they are certainly a fantastic option with the fickle weather in Colorado. With the amount of sunshine in this state, pairing a cold-climate heat pump with solar energy is a very efficient way to cut the costs of heating your home, and lower emissions.
For more information on how a cold-climate heat pump could work for you – even in the most frigid times of the Colorado winter – contact NOW Heating & Air today. NOW is Denver’s heat pump experts, and can help determine if using a heat pump is the right fit for you.