You’ve probably heard of mini-split heat pumps by now. You might also know that they are ultra-efficient, and offer both heating and cooling. However, the one myth that mini-splits can’t seem to shake is regarding their effectiveness in extremely cold temperatures.
While the first mini-split heat pumps were limited in their ability to heat when the temperatures dropped too far, the mini-split heat pumps of today are fully capable of keeping your home warm during New Jersey winters.
Choosing the Right Mini-Split Heat Pump
Although most high-efficiency mini-splits on the market today are able to offer exceptional heat even in the most trying temperatures, in order to make sure you stay warm even on the days where the mercury dips below zero, pay attention to the HSPF rating. The HSPF or Heating Seasonal Performance Factor is the rating that indicates a mini-split heat pump’s ability to heat even in the coldest temperatures — the higher the rating, the higher the performance.
So while it’s important to select a mini-split heat pump with a high SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating so you can ensure you get the best heating and cooling while using the least amount of energy possible, if you live in a climate like New Jersey or even further north, it’s also important to choose one that has a high HSPF rating.
Taking Care of Your Mini-Split During the Winter
Traditional heating systems like furnaces or boilers live indoors, usually in a utility room or a basement, far away from the effects of the outdoors. With a mini-split heat pump, however, the weather will no doubt affect the outdoor condenser unit. Here in the greater Princeton, NJ area, it’s important to have your system installed with the thought of snow in mind.
Enough room has to be left around the unit to help prevent snow and ice from building up during the winter.
If you place the unit under an overhang or roof, there needs to be enough clearance above it to ensure proper operation.
Elevating the unit so it’s not at ground level will help it stay above anticipated snowfall levels.
Princeton Air: Your New Jersey Heating Specialists
At Princeton Air, keeping you warm and comfortable during the cold weather is our goal. If you’re ready to let go of traditional heating and cooling systems and switch to a mini-split heat pump, our trained, knowledgeable, and friendly technicians will help you select the right one for your home. With careful consideration we’ll make sure your system will be ready to handle whatever the temperatures might bring. Our precise installation will also keep your system perfectly able to keep you warm and cozy even when it’s bitter cold outside.