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Can a Heat Pump Handle the Weather in Pooler, GA Year Round?

If you’ve done some research about installing a heat pump in your Pooler, GA home, you may have come across one of the few drawbacks of these systems: although excellent at providing cooling no matter the outdoor temperature, they can struggle with heating during the deep cold. If you’re worried about whether a heat pump can handle the climate throughout the year in Pooler, we understand your concern. It is wise to research any heating system before you decide on installation, as well as consult with professionals.

In this case, you don’t have much to worry about. We’ll explain a bit more why a heat pump will do the job you need all year in Pooler. For installation and other services, call AAction Air and our NATE-certified technicians.

Why a heat pump will work for you

The reason that heat pumps can find it difficult to provide sufficient warmth during heavy cold weather is that they use air as their medium for heat exchange. In simpler terms, a heat pump must draw heat from the outdoor air and move it indoors to provide your home with warmth. During hot weather, the operation reverses, and the heat pump moves heat from inside your home to the outside. Since there’s always ample heat inside your home during the summer, heat pumps have few problems with air conditioning. However, removing heat from cold weather presents some difficulties.

No matter how cold it feels outside, there is still some heat available for the heat pump to extract. However, once the temperature drops below 35°F, the heat pump’s efficiency will start to decline. Locations that often experience sub-freezing temperatures usually require a dual fuel hybrid system, with a back-up heater, such as a furnace, coming on when the heat pump needs the help.

Two pieces of good news here:

First, the temperatures in Pooler rarely drop below the high 30s during the winter. The coldest month, January, has an average low of 38°F. The record low for winter is 8°F—a very infrequent occurrence. For most homes, a heat pump can handle the Pooler winter.

Second, hybrid systems are available to alleviate any worries you might have. These do not cost much more to run than a standalone heat pump, since they only need to burn fuel a few times during the year when the mercury plummets too far. Most of the top HVAC companies will have a variety of hybrid dual fuel systems available.

Have a heat pump installed professionally

Despite the advantages of a heat pump, they aren’t ideal for every home. Trust to advice from HVAC professionals about whether or not you should have one installed. After taking their advice, have them handle the installation so that you will get the most from your new system with the fewest future repair needs. For quality installation of a heat pump in Pooler, GA, contact AAction Air.

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