How Much Does it Cost to Install a Heat Pump in Florida?

February 05, 2019

The cost to install a heat pump in Florida can range from $4,000 to $10,000, with the average price of installation around $7,000.

For an exact price, a certified technician will need to inspect your home and provide you with an accurate estimate. Why? The cost to install a heat pump depends on a variety of factors, including:

  • Size

  • Efficiency rating

  • Blower motor & compressor type

  • Warranty

  • Home modifications

Below we’ll discuss each of these and how they affect the cost to install a heat pump.

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Size

Heat pumps are measured by “tonnage.” Tonnage is the amount of heat that a pump is able to move in and out of your home (through refrigerant lines) per hour.

Most residential heat pumps are between 1 and 5 tons.

To determine the size that’s right for your home, a professional will need to evaluate a variety of factors, including:

  • Number of people living in your home

  • Home’s square footage

  • Ductwork condition

  • Amount, materials & quality of insulation

  • Layout of your home (orientation and landscape)

  • Number of windows

Energy efficiency

Heat pumps are unique in that they are an air conditioner that has a reversing valve, allowing them to produce heat as well. They can cool during warmer months and warm during cooler ones. Because of this dual functionality, there are two different measurements of heat pump efficiency: SEER (cooling) and HSPF (heating).

SEER: Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio measures the amount of cooling a heat pump can produce. The higher the SEER rating, the more efficient the heat pump is. Our suggestion to Florida homeowners is to purchase a 16-SEER unit.

HSPF: Heating Season Performance Factor is essentially the same as the SEER rating, expect for instead of measuring cooling capacity, it measures heat. We recommend a HSPF rating of 8.2.

Even though it may be more expensive upfront, a 16-SEER unit and a HSPF rating of 8.2 will save you more money in the long run as opposed to less efficient units.

Blower motor & compressor

When it comes to heat pumps, you’ve probably heard the phrases "single-speed" and "variable-speed." These terms refer to both the blower motor and the compressor. While each component could have a different “speed,” we recommend a unit that has both a variable-speed blower motor and compressor.

The blower motor (inside in the air handler), and the compressor (inside the outdoor unit).

Blower motor:

  • Fixed-speed: Fixed-speed blowers operate at two speeds: on (full blast) and off.
  • Multi-speed: Multi-speed blowers have various set speeds that they can achieve. A good way to think of a multi-speed blower settings is to think of how a typical ceiling fan works. It can be set to low, medium and high, but can’t automatically adjust its speed to reach a temperature between those settings.

  • Variable-speed: Variable-speed motors can run at the speed necessary to achieve the temperature your heat pump is set to. They aren’t limited to certain set speeds like a multi-speed blower.

When it comes to cost, the less speed options, the less expensive the blower motor. The least expensive option is the fixed-speed blower motor and the most expensive will be variable- speed.

Compressor:

Much like blower motors, you can choose between 3 different compressor options:

  • Single-stage: Single stage compressors have 1 “setting,” HIGH.

  • Two-stage: Just like its name suggests, two-stage compressors have 2 settings: high or low.

  • Variable-speed: Similar to the variable-speed blower motor, variable-speed compressors have unlimited “speed settings,” allowing them to adjust to match the heating/cooling needs of your home.

Variable-speed compressors are the most expensive option, but can help maximize electrical savings over time.

Warranty

You can purchase 2 types of warranties when you buy a heat pump: a parts warranty and a labor warranty.

Parts warranties: If you’re installing a new heat pump, it will usually come with a limited parts warranty (10 years) from the manufacturer. You can typically extend this warranty (length and parts covered) for an additional cost. However, considering how some heat pump parts are very expensive, an extended warranty may be worth the investment.

Labor warranties: Labor warranties (offered by the contractor who installs your heat pump) typically cover labor for 1–2 years after installation. If something goes wrong with your heat pump, this warranty will usually cover the labor cost of the repair. You can purchase an extended labor warranty, but this means the price of the labor warranty will increase.

Home modifications

If your home needs updates or modifications to accommodate the new heat pump, the total cost of your installation will increase.

Examples of these modifications include:

  • Updating or repairing ductwork

  • Updating or repairing electrical work

An experienced technician can determine if there are any home/system updates or modifications that need to happen before/during your heat pump installation.

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