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Do Heat Pumps Work in the Cold?


Yes! But in order to understand just how a heat pump might operate in our colder climate, we need to talk about something called the recovery mode.

Every heat pump in Whitefish, MT has its own specifications related to the manufacturer that produced it.

Not every heat pump is the same, and some heat pumps are going to be better for our climate than others.

For instance, newer Mitsubishi heat pump models can utilize “flash injection” where they bring hot refrigerant back to the indoor air coil quickly to provide powerful heating in record time.

Technology is only getting better, and we’d like to help inform our customers on how a heat pump might be right for you.

However, we can say with certainty that the heat pumps we install are perfect for our winters and will definitely work hard to keep your home warm and cozy all winter long. If you’d like to find out how this works, keep reading.

How Heat Pumps “Heat”

Heat pumps use refrigerant to move heat from one location to another. Believe it or not, even when temperatures are as cold as possible in our neck of the woods, there’s still ambient heat in the air that can be utilized for home comfort.

A heat pump uses a complex process of evaporation and condensation to draw that heat into your home and keep it there.

Even when temperatures get cold, a heat pump will continue to heat a house. The only difference is that the heat pump has to draw more energy to do the same job, since it needs to work harder to bring similar amounts of heat inside to keep you comfortable.

While customers might have an idea of heat pumps struggling in the winter, they don’t necessarily have to. Every heating system struggles when temperatures get low, a heat pump just struggles differently from other units, like gas furnaces.

Recovery Mode

One of the great ways a heat pump can deal with extremely cold temperatures is through a “recovery mode.” Eventually, things can get so cold outside where the technology will begin to freeze up.

You’ve probably noticed those few frigid mornings each year where your car won’t start–a heat pump might run into similar problems with electrical components not working in such cold temperatures. However, a heat pump also has a trick up its sleeve to deal with this.

The recovery mode is something your heat pump does where it uses the heat that it works so hard to move into your house, and pumps it in reverse to help heat the system itself so that it keeps working efficiently.

Then, it continues to draw heat from the atmosphere once it’s warmed up. As long as the electricity is still working and the system is on, then you’ll still have heat, even in sub-zero temperatures.

Inverter Heat Pumps

Inverter heat pumps are also great systems for cold winters. They function at multiple different levels, allowing for high heating capabilities on cold days, which get brought back down to moderate heating to save money on electricity if your home is warm and cozy.

Always choose the right team to help you invest in a new heating system. Contact Bill’s Superheat, Inc.  Here to Save the Day!

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