What’s the Best Time of Year to Install a Heat Pump?

Heat pumps are an energy-efficient alternative to traditional heating and cooling systems. They work by moving heat from one place to another rather than generating heat, making them an environmentally-friendly choice. 

If you’re considering installing a heat pump, you may wonder when the best time to do so is. Well, the truth is, there isn’t necessarily a “best” time of year. However, there are some factors to consider when scheduling your installation.

Weather Conditions

Weather permitting, heat pumps can be installed during the winter months. If snow or ice is on the ground, it may be unsafe for technicians to work on a ladder or your roof. We recommend scheduling your installation during the spring, summer, or fall when the weather is generally milder and more predictable. The best practice is typically to install the outdoor unit higher than the snow level, which can be challenging in colder climates because you can never be sure how much snowfall will occur in any given year.

Energy Savings

Installing a heat pump before the peak heating and cooling seasons may help you save money on your energy bills. A properly installed and maintained heat pump can be up to 50% more energy efficient than a traditional HVAC system. By installing a heat pump during the offseason, you can start enjoying energy savings as soon as the peak seasons arrive.

Site Evaluation

If you’re considering a ground-source heat pump, it’s important to have a site evaluation done before installation. Depending on how much land you have and what the topography and landscaping are, you may need to install vertical loops or may be able to install horizontal loops. Your qualified geothermal installer will do a site evaluation and advise you of your options. This process may take some time, so scheduling your installation during the offseason can ensure you have plenty of time to make any necessary adjustments to your property.

Maintenance and Repairs

Regular maintenance is necessary to keep your heat pump running efficiently and prevent costly repairs. Scheduling your installation during the offseason may give you plenty of time to familiarize yourself with your new system and schedule any necessary maintenance before the peak seasons arrive.