Hyper-Heat is a newer home heating system designed by Mitsubishi. It’s the perfect home comfort solution for a range of homes and sizes, and has the advantage of being both a heating and air conditioning system that also doesn’t rely on ductwork.
What is Hyper-Heat
Hyper-Heat is a heat pump system, but it adds an exclusive Inverter™ technology that allows it to maintain its efficiency when temperatures drop all the way down to negative thirteen degrees Fahrenheit.
By contrast, traditional heat pumps start to lose their efficiency when temperatures go below 40 degrees, requiring a backup system.
Since ductwork isn't required for this type of system, it's a great fit for any application. Without the need for major construction that would interfere with the architecture, it's perfect for older and historic homes that have relied on oil or radiator heat in the winter, and perhaps window air conditioners for the summer months.
A Mitsubishi Hyper-Heat system also works well for rowhomes with lack of space and additions or rooms in your home that have different heating/cooling needs.
Between the flexibility of installation and the ability to provide heat in below freezing temperatures, Hyper-Heat systems are often a no-brainer compared to conventional heat pumps. So let’s take a look at one of the worst winters in recent years, and how a Hyper-Heat heat pump might compare to a traditional one.
Pennsylvania's Winters Are No Joke
In 2014, the Philadelphia region was inundated with 68 inches of snow, and an ice storm that left many people in the outlying suburbs incapacitated for days.
While we only had 34 inches of snow, we had over 36 days where the low temperature was in the teens and single digits -- making it more expensive to keep any home comfortable.
The extreme and prolonged cold days can mean unexpected energy costs for your home. So, some people choose to supplement their existing heat pump systems -- which become less efficient when the temperature drops below 40 degrees -- with traditional space heaters that can be dangerous and don't do a very good job of distributing heat throughout a living space.
By contrast, Hyper-Heat and its Inverter technology allows for great performance down to -13 degrees. That means owners of the system would have incurred zero additional fuel costs despite the extreme temperatures -- a benefit for every wallet!
Understanding Heat Pumps
Heat pumps work by removing heat from outside air, or the ground, and transferring it into your home or building to warm it. The process can be reversed in warmer weather, to remove heat from your home and transfer it outside, cooling the air inside.
Since heat pumps work best in moderate climates, the more extreme weather fluctuations we’ve seen in recent years are complicating the efficiency and benefits of traditional heat pumps, where performance drops rapidly as temperatures fall.
Perfect comfort to minus 13 degrees!
Enter Mitsubishi’s new Hyper Heat Inverter™ technology. The technology works by using a special phase-changing liquid that can be compared to an ice cream scoop with a heat exchange liquid built in.
The scoop can remain warm enough to easily go through rock-hard ice cream due to the phase-changing liquid in the handle -- a kind of “anti-freeze”. The same principle allows Mitsubishi’s Hyper-Heat system to still extract heat out of the air and warm your home, even when temperatures drop well below the range where most heat pumps simply give up.
Hyper-Heat kicks in when the compressor motor is signaled that a burst of heat is required. The motor revs up to max speed and the systems funnels the additional heat thrown off the compressor magnets back to your blower, super charging your heat output and quickly responding to the dropping temperature outside.
And, thanks to instant hot-start technology, these units provide warmth from the start, reducing cold drafts and providing even more comfort.
What about summers?
Despite their name, these Hyper-Heat systems can cool your home in the summer as well by reversing the heating process -- that is, removing heat and humidity from your indoor environment and piping that excess heat outside.
However, these systems are only as efficient as conventional air conditioning systems, and cost the same to run, meaning the bulk of the cost savings for homeowners will come by reducing the high cost of traditional heating fuels including oil, natural gas, and electric.
And what exactly is "ductless"?
The other benefit of a Hyper-Heat is that it can be installed to either work with an existing heating duct system in order to boost efficiency and supplement heating, or as the one heat source in areas that do not have or have traditional ductwork or room to get it.
If you live in a home with hard to heat spaces like finished basements, garage workshops, additions, bonus rooms over a garage -- anywhere where you might consider a space heater, electric baseboard, or other device to boost comfort in an area -- a ductless system might be just the solution you are looking for, without the danger associated with traditional space heaters. It can even turn your “three season porch” into a full year-round space for the whole family. We’ve also had several customers tell us it’s the perfect system to bring extra comfort to elderly relatives, who may not be as tolerant of cold as others in the family.
If you have a traditional heat pump that’s just not cutting it any more, an older home that doesn’t have room for ductwork, or rooms that are always cold no matter how high you set your thermostat, then click the button below or give us a call at 215 - 245 - 3200 to learn more about what a Mitsubishi Hyper-Heat system can do for you.