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Comfort in Cold Climates

We installed our second electric Heat Pump in Boulder, CO to help a customer solve their home comfort issues! Huzzah! Did you know that we can install smaller mini split heat pumps too?

Mini Split Heat Pumps - Comfort in Cold Climates - Elephant Energy

Here’s the finished outdoor condenser. For this project, we went with a 3 ton Bosch system rated for cold weather.

Mini Split Heat Pumps - Comfort in Cold Climates - Elephant Energy

And here’s the air handler downstairs in the crawlspace

TL;DR: Heat Pump installations are complex and customized. Find great, experienced contractors who know what they’re doing and run a great process to ensure good design, safety, and success. It makes a HUGE difference.

Mini Split Heat Pumps - Comfort in Cold Climates - Elephant Energy

#1 Plan early & design thoughtfully! A “Heat Pump” is more than just a condenser + air handler. You likely also need refrigerant lines, refrigerant, a compatible thermostat/wiring, 240V electrical circuits, condensate pumps/drains, pipe insulation, risers, mounts, and more.

Connecting the ducts takes some real skill – building airtight connections that are built to last

Mini Split Heat Pumps - Comfort in Cold Climates - Elephant Energy

When in doubt, “RTFM”! = Read the Freaking Manual. Each manufacturer is a bit different and thus each install takes a bit of on-site customization and problem solving.

#2 A good installation and commissioning process catches oversights (and mistakes, like a missing thermostat wire). A good contractor will have a lengthy commissioning document to ensure the installation has been done right and the system is functioning appropriately.

Mini Split Heat Pumps - Comfort in Cold Climates - Elephant Energy

3rd: Go above and beyond customer expectations.

Demolition (though fun) produces a lot of debris: old duct work, screws, wire insulation, dirty condensate water, the furnace itself, flues, cardboard boxes, etc. Leaving the customer home cleaning than you found it is an A+ – and almost no one gets an A+. Cleaning up takes time but is a must for a great customer experience.

Mini Split Heat Pumps - Comfort in Cold Climates - Elephant Energy
Mini Split Heat Pumps - Comfort in Cold Climates - Elephant Energy

But it is all worth it to help customers with home comfort, improve their lives and air quality, and make an impact on the environment. That’s one more gas furnace replaced with an electric heat pump!!!

Thermometer in home with mini-split heat pump

Are you in need of upgrading you home’s heating and cooling / air conditioning system? Get in touch to see if a heat pump or mini split heat pump will work for you (hint: they work for everyone!). Elephant Energy specializes in modernizing homes with the latest, greatest, energy-efficient technology. We upgrade homes to maximize home comfort, air quality, and energy efficiency, with heat pumps, mini-splits, induction ranges, EV chargers, and air filtration.

Contact us to learn more about your heat pump installation today!