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Colorado’s winters demand a heating solution that can withstand extreme cold while providing reliable comfort and energy savings. That’s where UniColorado’s expertise in cold climate heat pumps shines. With a decade of experience installing heat pumps in CO, we have the knowledge and skills to help you electrify your heating system and take advantage of all available rebates.

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Call us at (303) 997-0097 or schedule online. We’ll be in touch via your preferred contact method to find a convenient time that works for you.

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We’ll provide pricing & options on a electrified heating solution that fits your needs, budget and home.

We’ll install the heat pump end to end and take care of all details. You’re in good hands.

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Why UniColorado?

UniColorado Heating & Cooling brings the ultimate comfort and efficiency of cold climate heat pumps to homeowners in Denver, Centennial, Littleton, Highlands Ranch, and surrounding areas. Our expert team specializes in seamlessly retrofitting ducted, central, air source, and ductless mini-split heat pumps into homes with existing forced-air gas furnaces or those without ductwork.

With thousands of successful installations, UniColorado has the expertise to design a customized system that excels in Colorado’s demanding climate, ensuring optimal performance, energy savings, and comfort, even during the harshest winters. Attractive rebates and incentives are available, with UniColorado handling most eligible rebates upfront for a hassle-free experience.

Upgrade to a cold climate heat pump tailored to your home’s unique needs, whether you have a ducted system or require a ductless solution. Contact UniColorado Heating & Cooling today to schedule a consultation and discover how we can help you achieve unparalleled comfort and efficiency in any season.

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What is a cold climate heat pump?

A cold climate heat pump (aka "ccASHP") is a type of air-source heat pump specifically designed to operate efficiently in colder temperatures, typically down to around 5°F (-15°C) or lower.

Are cold climate units ducted or ductless?

ccASHps are available in both ducted and ductless configurations, depending on the specific model and application. Ducted systems distribute heated or cooled air through ductwork, while ductless mini-split systems have indoor air handling units mounted in individual rooms. The choice depends on the home's existing HVAC setup and heating/cooling needs.

Do cold climate heat pumps work in Colorado?

Yes, ccASHPs work effectively in Colorado. Homeowners who have installed these systems often cannot tell the difference between the heating performance of a cold climate heat pump and a traditional gas furnace. Heat pump technology has advanced significantly in recent years, allowing them to provide reliable, consistent heating even in Colorado's chilly winter conditions. Many HVAC professionals in the state, such as those at UniColorado, have extensive experience successfully implementing these solutions for customers.

Will a cold climate heat pump increase my energy bill?

If you are switching from a gas furnace to an electric heat pump, you can generally expect your electricity bills to increase while your gas bills decrease. Heat pumps are very efficient, but electricity is usually more expensive than natural gas per unit of heat. The exact impact on your total energy costs will depend on factors like your local utility rates, climate, and home efficiency. An HVAC professional can provide a more specific cost comparison for your situation. In our practical experience, most home owners will experience an overall reduction in their bills with properly designed systems.

Do I need a heating back up with a cold climate heat pump?

In general, a properly sized ccASHP can serve as the primary heating source without needing a backup in CO. However, for redundancy and gap periods where the heat pump might be defrosting or too cold to operate, a built in electric or gas backup in the airhandler is recommended.

Are cold climate heat pumps reliable?

The reliability of cold climate heat pumps can vary depending on the specific product and manufacturer. At UniColorado, we've done extensive testing and analysis to curate a selection of reliable, high-performing units that we confidently recommend to our customers. While some cold climate heat pump products on the general market may have reliability issues, the products we install have a proven track record of dependable operation and long lifespans with proper maintenance. Our team has torn down units to assess build quality and engineer solutions for any potential failure points. When you work with a trusted HVAC professional and choose a reputable cold climate heat pump product, you can expect your system to provide reliable heating and cooling for your home over the long term.
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At UniColorado, we are the experts in heat pump installations throughout the Denver metro area. As a local company with over a decade of heat pump experience, we have installed more than 3,000 heat pump systems. Our technicians receive specialized training directly from top heat pump manufacturers and hold multiple certifications in high-efficiency HVAC solutions. 

We are proud to be an authorized dealer for over 30 leading HVAC brands, including being named a Mitsubishi Diamond Elite Contractor, Carrier Dealer, Bosch Comfort Home Pro, and American Standard authorized dealer. 

As a leader in heat pump technology, UniColorado is committed to providing our customers with the highest quality service and equipment. Our expertise, certifications, and strong relationships with top manufacturers ensure that your new heat pump system will deliver unmatched comfort, reliability, and energy savings for years to come. 

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Cold Climate Heat Pump Cost

On average, the cost of cold climate heat pump installation can range from $11,200 to $24,500 before rebates and incentives in Denver. This price typically includes the installation of the outdoor cold climate heat pump unit, indoor air handling components, materials, labor, and taxes. However, the exact cost will depend on the specific system requirements for your home and the complexity of the installation process.

At UniColorado, we work diligently to help our customers maximize their savings by identifying and securing all available rebates and incentives. These can include programs such as Denver’s Climate Action Rebates (CARe), Xcel Energy’s efficiency rebates, Colorado state incentives, and federal tax credits. By taking advantage of these opportunities, homeowners can significantly reduce the upfront cost of their installation.

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How do they work?

how do cold climate heat pumps work?

Cold climate heat pumps (aka “ccASHP”) use inverter compressors to transfer heat between the outdoor air and your home, including in sub-zero temperatures. The inverter compressor adjusts its speed to match heating or cooling demand, maximizing performance and energy savings.

In heating mode, the heat pump extracts heat from cold outdoor air and transfers it inside. In cooling mode, it removes heat from your home and expels it outside. Key components include the inverter-driven compressor, heat exchanger coils, refrigerant, and expansion valve.

ccASHPs maintain high efficiency and heating capacity down to -13°F or lower. By transferring rather than generating heat, they can provide up to 3 times more energy than they consume, resulting in significant energy savings compared to traditional systems.

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Can I have a cold climate heat pump in my house?

Yes, it’s very likely that you can have a cold climate unit in your house.

If your home has existing ductwork, you’ll need an air handler and an outdoor heat pump unit to integrate with your current ductwork system. For homes without ductwork, such as those with radiant floor heating, ductless mini-split heat pumps are an excellent solution.

Regardless of your home’s setup, it’s highly likely that you can enjoy the benefits of a cold climate heat pump in Colorado. These advanced systems are engineered to operate efficiently even in sub-zero temperatures, making them a perfect fit for the region’s harsh winters.

Leading manufacturers like Mitsubishi have pushed the boundaries of heat pump technology with offerings like the Hyper Heat series. These state-of-the-art heat pumps maintain impressive efficiency and heating capacity in extremely low temperatures, ensuring your home stays warm and comfortable all winter long.

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Will a cold climate heat pump increase my energy costs?

It’s important to understand that these systems are fully electric and operate differently than gas furnaces. While switching to a ccASHP may cause your electricity bill to rise, this doesn’t necessarily mean your overall energy costs will increase.

To estimate how a heat pump might impact your electricity usage, you can perform a simple calculation. First, determine your average monthly natural gas usage in therms from your utility bills. Since electricity is less energy-dense than gas (about 1/30th), multiply your average therms by 30 to approximate the equivalent electricity usage in kilowatt-hours (kWh).

However, ccASHPs are typically around 30% more efficient than gas furnaces. To account for this increased efficiency, reduce the estimated kWh by 30%. For example, if your average monthly gas usage is 100 therms, multiplying by 30 gives you 3,000 kWh. Reducing this by 30% results in an estimated 2,100 kWh per month with a ccASHP.

While this calculation provides a ballpark estimate, your actual energy usage and costs will depend on factors like your home’s insulation, local climate, and temperature preferences. 

At UniColorado, we’ve helped numerous homeowners successfully transition to cold climate heat pumps, often experiencing reduced energy bills and improved comfort.

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Can You Install A Cold Climate Heat Pump On An Existing Furnace?

Yes, it is possible to install a cold climate heat pump on an existing furnace, creating what is known as a dual fuel system. In this setup, the heat pump can serve as the primary heating source.

However, it’s important to note that to qualify for rebates and incentives, which play a significant role in making cold climate heat pumps economically viable, the entire system (including the air handler and outdoor unit) must be fully AHRI matched and designed to work together efficiently. Mixing and matching components from different systems can result in reduced efficiency and may disqualify you from receiving financial incentives.

Furthermore, installing a ccASHP on an existing furnace is not always recommended. A mismatched system will operate at a much lower efficiency compared to a fully integrated, matched system designed specifically for cold climate performance. 

It’s also worth considering that the cost of the air handler is usually not the most significant expense when converting to a cold climate heat pump. The outdoor unit, which houses the compressor and other key components, typically accounts for a much larger portion of the overall system cost.

At UniColorado, we specialize in designing and installing complete, high-efficiency cold climate heat pump systems tailored to our customers’ specific needs. Our experienced team can help you explore the best options for your home, whether that involves a full system replacement or finding alternative solutions that maximize efficiency and cost-effectiveness. We are committed to ensuring our customers receive the best possible performance and value from their heating and cooling investments.

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What Size Cold Climate Heat Pump Do I Need?

In Colorado, Xcel Energy’s guidelines recommend sizing cold climate heat pumps based on the heating load of your home. This approach ensures that the system can effectively meet your heating needs during the coldest months of the year.

At UniColorado, we perform thorough Manual J load calculations to determine the appropriate size for your cold climate heat pump. This comprehensive analysis takes into account various factors specific to your home, such as square footage, insulation levels, window types, and orientation. By using Manual J calculations, we can accurately assess your home’s heating and cooling requirements and determine the precise heating and cooling load for your property.

When you choose UniColorado for your cold climate heat pump installation, you can trust that our approved estimates are based on these accurate Manual J calculations. We are committed to recommending the right-sized system for your specific needs, so you can enjoy a consistently warm and comfortable home without ever needing to reach for an extra blanket.

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Can You Have a Gas Furnace Backup & a Cold Climate Heat Pump?

Yes, you can have a gas furnace backup alongside a cold climate heat pump. This setup, known as a dual fuel  allows you to electrify most or all of your heating needs while providing the flexibility to burn gas for cheaper prices when needed.

With a dual fuel system, you can take advantage of the high efficiency and eco-friendliness of a heat pump for the majority of your heating requirements. The heat pump will serve as the primary heating source, efficiently transferring heat from the outdoor air into your home.

However, during periods of extremely cold weather or when electricity prices are high, you have the option to switch to your gas furnace backup. This flexibility allows you to optimize your energy usage and costs based on current conditions and utility rates.

Some of the best cold climate heat pumps offer low heat systems that can be integrated with a gas furnace backup, such as:

1. Bosch BOVA 2.0
2. Carrier Greenspeed Infinity
3. Mitsubishi PAA

At UniColorado, our experienced team can help you evaluate your home’s specific needs and recommend the most suitable dual fuel system. We’ll consider factors such as your local climate, home size, and efficiency goals to determine the best solution for your property.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What heat pump for very cold climates?

Mitsubishi’s Hyper Heat (H2i) series is the top choice for very cold climates, maintaining high heating capacities in extremely low temperatures. The H2i series is rated to provide 100% of its heating capacity down to -5°F and can continue operating at 75% capacity at -13°F. Some models, like the MXZ-SM Series, can deliver heating even at -22°F.

Bosch’s BOVA 2.0 heat pumps, such as the BOVB36HDN1M20G, are another reliable option for cold weather performance. They can maintain 100% heating capacity at 5°F and 76% capacity at -4°F, continuing to operate at temperatures as low as -13°F.

Trane and American Standard’s variable speed heat pumps, like the XV20i, are well-suited for cold climates, delivering 100% heating capacity down to 0°F and maintaining operation down to -10°F.

Carrier’s Greenspeed Infinity heat pumps, such as the 24VNA, provide good cold weather performance, offering 100% heating capacity at 5°F and continuing to operate at 75% capacity at -5°F. These heat pumps can function at temperatures as low as -13°F.

Are cold climate heat pumps worth it?

Cold climate heat pumps are worth it for many homeowners, especially if their home is suitable. They provide energy-efficient heating and cooling, leading to potential savings on utility bills. The benefits are even greater when combined with a solar PV system.

How cold is too cold for a heat pump to work?

While the best heat pumps are rated to operate down to -30°F, in practice, most start to lose heating performance around -13°F. At this point, a backup heating source may be necessary.

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