Does a Heat Pump Make Sense in Florida?

November 13, 2020

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The short answer? Yes. Heat pumps are a great heating option for Florida homeowners.

Heat pumps typically work best in states with mild winter climates, like Florida, because of the way that heat pumps heat your home. Unlike furnaces or boilers, heat pumps don't create heat, they transfer it from the air outside to the inside of your home.

So, in states with mild winters, like Florida, there's enough heat in the air outside to warm your home properly, making a heat pump a great option for Florida homes.

We know you probably have a few additional questions, so below, we’ll go into more detail about:

  • Why we recommend heat pumps for Florida homeowners
  • What to consider if you’re thinking about installing a heat pump

Rather speak with a professional about whether or not a heat pump would be a good option for your Florida home? We’d be happy to help. You can learn more about our heat pump installation services or reach out to us for more information.

Why do we recommend a heat pump for Florida homeowners?

The main reason we recommend heat pumps for Florida homeowners is because heat pumps are the most efficient heating system.

As we mentioned above, heat pumps don't actually create heat, they just transfer it.

In heating mode, your heat pump will transfer heat from the air outside to the air inside your home. During cooling mode, your heat pump will strip your indoor air of heat and dump that heat outside.

Because heat pumps use this kind of heating method, it makes them extremely efficient, which also makes them the least expensive heating system to run.

We also suggest that Florida homeowners buy heat pumps because unlike a furnace or boiler, heat pumps can both heat and cool your home. This saves you on the cost of having to pay for both a full heating system and a full cooling system.

What to consider if you’re thinking of installing a heat pump

If you think a heat pump might be a good option for your home, there are a few things you should keep in mind, like:

  1. Heat pumps don’t last as long as furnaces or central AC systems. This is largely because heat pumps act as heating and cooling systems. Heat pumps generally work all year round instead of only during the heating or cooling season. Because heat pumps work all the time, it’s extremely important that you invest in annual maintenance with a professional. This will keep your heat pump working efficiently and lasting as long as possible. Note: Even though heat pumps don’t last as long as furnaces or AC systems, they are much less expensive than buying both an AC and a furnace.
  2. If you don’t live in a mild climate, a furnace is probably a better option. As we mentioned above, heat pumps work best in mild winter climates. If you don’t live in Florida (or another state with a mild climate), a heat pump will probably struggle to heat your home on very cold days (below 30 degrees), and will probably not be a good fit for your home.
  3. Heat pumps don’t produce as warm of air as furnaces do. The air that furnaces produce is much hotter than the air heat pumps produce. Just to be clear, the air produced by a heat pump is warm enough to heat a home. However, some homeowners prefer hotter air, in which case, a furnace may be a better fit.

If you’re on the fence about a heat pump vs. a furnace or boiler, reach out to us. We’d be happy to speak with you about your concerns, heating needs and budget and find a solution that works for you.

Ready to install a heat pump? Hire the best techs in Florida

Ready to install a heat pump in your Florida home? Or still on the fence about whether or not a heat pump is the right option for you? Either way, Red Cap can help. All of our techs are highly trained, and can install any make or model of heat pump that you choose. We’d be happy to help you find the perfect solution for your home.