Heat pumps have come a long way since their introduction to the market in the 1950s.
Traditionally, heat pumps were not suitable for cold climates due to their inability to efficiently extract heat from cold outdoor air. However, advancements in heat pump technology supported by the Federal Government over the recent years have made heat pump systems much more effective in colder climates.
With improvements in coil design, compressor technology, and refrigerant systems, modern heat pumps can now provide reliable heating even in sub-zero temperatures, making them an attractive option for homeowners in cold climates such as Colorado.
As the leading experts in heat pump tech in Denver, we will tell you that the short answer to the question “Do Heat Pumps actually work in cold climates?” is Yes. New heat pump models can produce all or the majority of the heating demand of your home. Learn more about how these systems work below.
A cold climate heat pump is an HVAC device that extracts heat from the outdoor air and transfers it indoors to provide heating. In the summer, the process is reversed to provide cooling. Over time, the technology has matured in cold climate heat pumps with wide heating ranges that can effectively provide full heating capabilities to homes in extreme climate zones, such as Colorado.
Cold climate heat pump systems have been tested in locations as cold as Northern Alaska.
At UniColorado, we started installing heat pumps over 20 years ago. Over time, we have seen the incremental improvements that cold climate heat pumps have gained over time. As of 2023, we feel confident that a properly designed cold climate heat pump system will cover the vast majority of the heating load in a home and in certain instances, the entire heating load.
Cold climate heat pumps were previously not considered a viable option for homes in colder climates like Colorado until recently. However, with advancements in technology, these systems are becoming more popular among homeowners looking for an alternative to traditional heating methods.
Features such as inverter-driven compressors, refrigerant cycling systems, defrosting cycles, self learning variable capacity and ECM motors are the main contributors to how a cold climate heat pump can function when ambient air hits temperatures as low as -20 degrees F.
One of the biggest advantages of cold climate heat pumps is their ability to operate efficiently in colder temperatures using electricity rather than directly consumed fossil fuels such as natural gas. Additionally:
While there are many advantages to cold climate heat pumps, there are also some downsides.
At UniColorado, we take all downsides into consideration to ensure our homeowners’ investment is durable, reliable & meets their individual needs.
Regular heat pumps are designed to work best in milder climates where temperatures rarely drop below freezing. In colder climates, regular heat pumps may struggle to extract heat from the air efficiently, leading to decreased heating performance and reliance on supplemental heat (such as a gas furnace or electric air handler).
Cold climate heat pumps, on the other hand, are designed to operate efficiently in colder temperatures. They use more advanced features such as inverter-driven compressors and enhanced refrigerant systems to extract heat from the air even in extremely low temperatures.
The cost to install a heat pump system can vary depending on several factors such as the size of the home, the specific model of the heat pump, and the cost of installation. In general, cold climate heat pumps can be more expensive to install compared to traditional heating systems or regular heat pumps.
The typical out-of-pocket cost to install a cold climate heat pump in Denver was $13,200 – $18,400 for our customers in 2022.
It’s important to note that while cold climate heat pumps may have a higher upfront cost, they can provide significant energy savings over time, leading to lower monthly energy bills and a reduced environmental impact. Additionally, there are multiple rebates, incentives and tax credits available to Colorado homeowners for heat pumps.
|Type of System||Cost Range|
|Air-Source Heatpump||$6,200 to $18,500|
|Cold Climate Air-Source Heatpump||$7,200 to $24,100|
Mitsubishi Hyperheat units are considered one of the best cold climate heat pumps on the market due to their wide-range, patent-protected technology and award-winning engineering.
American Standard/Trane has been the top contender in durability for decades. Their new 20 SEER heat pump line follows the tradition.
Bosch is a new comer to the US heat pump market with attractive technology and features.
Unrivaled Expertise in Cold Climate Heat Pump Systems
At UniColorado Heating & Cooling, we’ve been installing heat pump systems for more than 3 decades. We pride ourselves on being the leading specialists in heat pump systems within Denver and the adjacent metro areas.
Fairly Priced Services and Competitive Equipment Costs
We understand the importance of providing our customers with fairly priced services without compromising on quality. UniColorado Heating & Cooling offers durable and reliable heat pump equipment at competitive prices.
Highly Technical and Unmatched Experience in Heat Pump Systems
Heat pump systems are generally complex and relatively new in the market, which makes it essential for homeowners to work with a company that possesses both the technical expertise and experience necessary for a successful installation. UniColorado Heating & Cooling has been at the forefront of heat pump technology, and our team is constantly updating their skills to stay ahead of the curve.
Why Choose UniColorado Heating & Cooling for Your Cold Climate Heat Pump Needs
When it comes to heat pump systems, the experience and knowledge of the professionals you choose to work with are critical to the success and longevity of your investment. At UniColorado Heating & Cooling, we provide unparalleled expertise, fairly priced services, and competitive equipment costs, making us the top choice for homeowners in Denver and the surrounding metro areas seeking electrified heating & cooling solutions.
Contact us today for a free estimate and let us help you make the most of your heat pump investment.