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Are Heat Pumps Efficient in Michigan’s Climate? Here’s What You Need To Know

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In many climates, heat pumps are considered one of the most energy-efficient HVAC systems available. These dependable systems are so effective that the federal government continues to incentivize homeowners to choose them over other traditional heating and cooling systems.

The 2022 Inflation Reduction Act, for example, was expanded to allow homeowners to claim tax credits through 2023 to offset the costs of installing heat pumps in their homes.

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At What Temperature Are Heat Pumps Most Efficient?

Heat pumps operate by pulling heat from the air and removing it from your home in the summer and transferring it into your home during winter. That means you can expect them to operate year-round, but there’s a set temperature range for each system at which they’re most effective and efficient.

Generally, heat pumps operate best when the weather is not too cold or too hot. If the weather is too hot, heat pumps may not be able to pull heat from your indoor air fast enough to keep it cool. On the other hand, if the air outside is too cold, the system will struggle to pull enough heat from the air to transfer into your home.

When Are Heat Pumps Most Effective in Michigan?

In Michigan, heat pumps work well during the spring, summer, and fall when the weather is usually mild. Our harsh winters, however, can pose challenges as temperatures fall below freezing and there’s less heat in the air that can be used.

Fortunately, there are some solutions that will allow you to enjoy the benefits of a heat pump most of the year while providing backup heat for the winter.

How To Get the Most Out of Your Heat Pump During a Michigan Winter

Many homes install supplemental or backup heating systems to be used when temperatures drop below their heat pump’s threshold. Using a boiler or radiant baseboard heating can provide comfortable, even heating throughout your home, while a central furnace can provide quick and powerful heating when you need it most.

Any of these systems, paired with your heat pump, can help you get through the coldest days of winter while allowing you to continue to use only your heat pump the rest of the year when it’s most efficient and cost-effective.  

Choose Service Professor for Heat Pump Installation in Michigan

Service Professor has proudly served the Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, and Lansing areas since 1978 and understands what homes in these areas need for effective heating and cooling.

We can inspect your home and help you determine if a heat pump is right for you, and we’ll also help you choose a backup heating system for those days when the weather is frigid.

When you choose us for your heating and cooling needs, you can expect:

  • Licensed and insured technicians
  • Free estimates on replacements
  • Trip charges that are applied to service
  • Upfront pricing
  • Background-checked technicians
  • Financing options
  • Military, veteran, and senior discounts

Schedule heat pump installation or repair today. Call Service Professor at 616-871-1900 to get started.

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