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Old 05-14-2019, 03:13 PM   #1
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Heat Pumps In Colder Climates?


I had a friend call me today. He bought a house and is remodeling the entire thing. He has oil, no gas on street. Someone told him heat pumps are being used more in colder climates. We in Massachusetts. In my small world it's mostly forced hot air/AC with high efficiency gas furnaces, etc. Any thoughts?

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Maybe get a few HVAC guys in, to assess and give their best recommendations?

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Maybe get a few HVAC guys in, to assess and give their best recommendations?
You're correct. I should have posted in HVAC. I'm not on here very much. Maybe a mod will move it over.

It's an interesting topic. I was hoping to get some feedback and a discussion going. I know people are doing geothermal Heat Pumps with the ground or water but I think some of those are just too expensive. Thanks

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it is doable - they are getting to be able to run in colder climates like yours though you can get nailed on "emergency" heat
I would have him check out Energy Vanguard - they do proper design & sizing which not many companies truly do to see if it is an option. You can also contact say Mitsubishi directly to see whom they might recommend locally
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it is doable - they are getting to be able to run in colder climates like yours though you can get nailed on "emergency" heat
I would have him check out Energy Vanguard - they do proper design & sizing which not many companies truly do to see if it is an option. You can also contact say Mitsubishi directly to see whom they might recommend locally
Thanks for info. I definitely should have posted in HVAC. I was hoping to get more interest. I thought it was a topic worth exploring? Anyone's guess these days what will ignite the masses! Maybe I should have titled it Tree-Fiddy!

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What's always sounded like a good idea for heat pumps in extreme climates is a ground source set up, using the consistency of the earth for a heat exchanger, running a bunch of pipes down.

Depending on how much it would cost to set up and how high the utility bills are it might be worthwhile looking at, at the least you'd get green points.
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What's always sounded like a good idea for heat pumps in extreme climates is a ground source set up, using the consistency of the earth for a heat exchanger, running a bunch of pipes down.

Depending on how much it would cost to set up and how high the utility bills are it might be worthwhile looking at, at the least you'd get green points.
Rio, i agree! I've been researching this in the evenings, it's very interesting. The geothermal method of running a pipe loop 6' under the surface seems to make the hest pump viable for zones like 5 and 6 in the US. The ground is always around 55 + -. At 55 the heat pump can easily exchange the temp in winter or summer. The equipment is becoming very efficient.

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