Are Heat Pumps a Viable Option for New England Winters?

Woman with laptop seated by frosty windowsWhen it comes to home heating options, there are more available than ever before. Today’s heating systems are much more energy-efficient than their predecessors, and some are also more environmentally friendly. For instance, heat pump systems are considered to be both highly efficient and environmentally sound, because they don’t require fuel to operate. They extract heat from the outdoor air or ground, which is then pumped into the home. But – are they a wise choice for people living in colder climates?

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Heat pump technology has been available in warmer climates for some time now. Many people enjoy the advantage of having a heat pump system, because not only does it help to heat indoors during the cooler months, but it also offers air conditioning during the summer, by reversing the process and extracting heat from indoor air and pumping it outside. This factor has made it a good choice for people living in the warmer regions, but up until a few years ago, heat pumps really weren’t considered a sole source of home heating in the northern part of the country.

New technology has made heat pumps adaptable to cold climate conditions.

Because of the efficiency of heat pumps, manufacturers realized that developing heat pumps that work well even in colder climates would be beneficial to consumers and the planet. As a result, the cold climate heat pump was developed. According to the Department of Energy, heat pump systems are now a legitimate heating solution, even for colder regions. Cold climate heat pumps are available in both central ducted models, serving homes that have ductwork, as well as ductless systems for homes that have used baseboard-type heating and don’t have ductwork.

Additionally, today’s heat pump systems use a more environmentally-friendly form of refrigerant than their predecessors, R-410A, which does not harm the ozone layer. Not to mention, this refrigerant also provides better energy efficiency. So, in addition to heat pumps providing greater energy efficiency in general, R-410A provides additional energy efficiency for these systems. The Department of Energy indicates that research shows that the annual savings over electric heat is around 3,000 kWh, and 6,200 kWh over oil heat.

Let the professionals at Stafford help you find the right heat pump system for your home.

If you’ve been considering a new heating system for your home, our experts can help. We provide a wide range of heating solutions, including heat pump and ductless systems. We’ll work with you to determine the best system for your home and lifestyle needs. And, Stafford installs quality Carrier® home heating products, so you know you’ll be getting a quality system that has been built to last, while providing you with maximum home comfort and efficiency.

To learn more, simply give us a call at 860.684.9485. We look forward to helping you with all of your heating needs, including installation, maintenance and repair.

6 thoughts on “Are Heat Pumps a Viable Option for New England Winters?

  1. Thanks for these useful and unique tips. I was facing trouble with my pump. After reading the informative article I realize what is the problem. Now I can fix the problem and next time I must remember your tips.
    Thanks a lot for the post, it’s damn helpful.

  2. Comfort is one of the key advantages of having the Trane 4 Ton 20 SEER XV20i 48000 BTU Variable Stage Heat Pump 4TWV0048A1000B as a member of your HVAC system. Due to Trane’s engineering efforts, the Variable Stage Heat Pump is able to actively adapt to the needs of your home in order to make your entire living space comfortable. Furthermore, with the Climatuff® Variable Speed Compressor, cooling your home is energy efficient and environmentally friendly.

  3. New cold climate air source heat pumps can provide efficient heating throughout a New England winter while still providing air conditioning in the summer. Even on those cold evenings, air source heat pumps can still be twice as efficient as baseboard electric resistance heating.

  4. I think Heat pump technology has been available in warmer climates for some time now. Many people enjoy the advantage of having a heat pump system, because not only does it help to heat indoors during the cooler months, but it also offers air conditioning during the summer, by reversing the process and extracting heat from indoor air, and pumping it outside.

  5. Air source heat pumps were both expensive and ineffective throughout a cold New England winter. Heat pumps were suitable for homes in the south with mild winters but had difficulty keeping homeowners comfortable when temperatures dropped below freezing. Like other technologies, heat pumps have come a long way since the ‘80s and ‘90s.

  6. New cold climate air source heat pumps can provide efficient heating throughout a New England winter while still providing air conditioning in the summer. … Even on those cold evenings, air source heat pumps can still be twice as efficient as baseboard electric resistance heating.

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