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Air source electric heat pumps are typically used in moderate climates. These are best for areas that experience a few really cold days, but the majority of the winter is mild compared to other parts of the country. These heat pumps use the difference between outdoor air temperatures and indoor air temperatures. This means that if it is very cold outside, it's going to be harder to warm the air inside. These products do use a considerable amount of electricity, but in the long run they have been shown to be more energy efficient and lower energy bills despite the upfront cost of the product.

A dual-fuel heat pump is both electric and gas. These heat pumps are good for locations that typically have winter temperatures above freezing and only a few instances in which the temperatures drop below freezing. A dual-fuel is an efficient manner in which to pump heat into your home. These use electricity when necessary to heat your home and when it gets very cold outside, the unit automatically switches to use gas. This means that you get the most out of the fuel that is used to heat your home. This heat pump is more efficient than most because of its ability to automatically switch fuel sources. The upfront unit does cost quite a bit initially, anywhere from $600-$1000, but is generally a more efficient method to heat and you'll experience lower energy bills in the long run.

Choosing the right heat pumps system for you comes down to your climate and the weather conditions that you experience. If you are in a mild climate area, a geothermal or air source electric heat pump will be able to keep you and your family warm. However, if you do experience drops below freezing, a dual-fuel heat pump may be the correct option for you, as they are more efficient when the temperatures drop drastically.