Will a Geothermal Heat Pump Withstand North Carolina Winters?

Will a Geothermal Heat Pump Withstand North Carolina Winters? Winter landscape with wooden swing

Here in Salisbury, our winters can be harsh, to say the least. Many residents have a traditional furnace or boiler to heat their homes, as these systems can operate during low outdoor temperatures.


An air-source heat pump (ASHP) generally does not work as efficiently in colder temperatures and can require a supplementary heat source. However, a geothermal heat pump (GHP), also called a ground-source heat pump (GSHP) or geoexchange system, can work in nearly any climate and provide heating and cooling year-round.

At Stout Heating & Air Conditioning, we regularly install, repair, and maintain all types of heat pumps. If you are interested in discussing a geothermal heat pump, we would love to chat with you.

How Do Geothermal Heat Pumps Work in Freezing Temperatures?

Despite the different seasonal climates above ground, below ground the earth is a near-constant temperature of 45 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Geothermal heat pumps take advantage of this by harvesting heat using a system of pipes—called the ground heat exchanger—running below the surface.

The heat is transferred into your North Carolina home and then ventilated throughout your home. No matter the outdoor conditions, geothermal heat pumps maintain their efficiency and effectiveness.

What Are the Benefits of Switching to a Geothermal Heat Pump?

Despite the higher price tag, geothermal heat pumps have several advantages to traditional heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. Here are a few:

•   Efficiency

     Geothermal heat pumps are one of the most efficient HVAC systems on the market. They do not rely on fuel to generate the heat, which is great for the environment and great for your wallet in the long run.

     According to the US Department of Energy (DOE), geothermal heat pumps use 25 to 50 percent less electricity than conventional heating or cooling systems, translating to utility savings for you.

•   Versatility

     A geothermal heat pump is so versatile because you can use it for both heating and cooling. During warmer weather, the heat pump reverses its process, pulling heat out of your Salisbury home and transferring it to the ground. Additionally, it will work to heat your home no matter how cold it is outdoors.

     While air-source heat pumps are more efficient than furnaces, depending on the geographic location, they may need a supplemental heat source like a furnace to help keep you warm during the winter. This is known as a dual-fuel system. A geothermal heat pump eliminates this need, giving you an all-in-one HVAC solution.

•   Economy

     Over time, your geothermal heat pump will likely pay for itself with the money you save on utilities alone. In addition, many of these systems are also eligible for tax deductions and rebates. Consult your local utility company for specifics on programs which might be available in your area.

     Switching to a sustainable energy source may be more affordable than you expect. Our Stout Heating & Air Conditioning team of experts is always happy to help you find ways to save. You can also discuss financing with us, if this is a concern for you.

How Do I Install a Geothermal Heat Pump?

Our Stout Heating & Air Conditioning professionals can produce a customized design and installation plan to complement your home and your lifestyle. We will help you determine the best placement for your ground heat exchanger.

During installation, we can connect the system to your existing ductwork. Our team will always listen to your requests and concerns, as well as answer any questions you might have. We want you to be completely satisfied with the end result. It is simply how we do business.

We Are Your Heat Pump Experts

Stout Heating & Air Conditioning provides geothermal heat pump installations, repairs, and maintenance to Salisbury, NC, and its neighboring communities. Call us today at 704-633-8095 or request service online to learn more about what we offer or to schedule service.

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