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Are Heat Pumps the Best Choice for Florida Weather?

ductless-mini-splitWith every kind of heater comes its own set of pros and cons. Some are efficient in some conditions, and others are more efficient in other conditions… Some heat like this, some heat like that… In all honesty, we could make an entire blog post on the differences between heaters. Instead, we want to convince you of one thing:

The pros and cons of heat pumps actually make them perfect for Florida weather.

Keep reading and we’ll explain what we mean.

You Can Take Full Advantage of Heating and Cooling Features

If you’re not familiar with heat pump technology, we’ll make a brief mention of the fact that these devices are both air conditioners and heaters combined into one HVAC system. This makes them efficient and convenient devices all year-round.

But for homeowners in some parts of the country, they simply don’t see air conditioning as anything more than a luxury. Justifying the cost of a heat pump becomes difficult, so they’d rather rely on a furnace for all of their heating needs. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing—gas furnaces are cheap, easy to install, and they work wonders for heating the home.

The problem is that the heat pump is still a more efficient heater, since it uses electricity and heat transference to create warm air rather than combustion. But since Florida’s hot weather does justify an air conditioner, it would be a waste not to get a device that can both heat and cool efficiently.

The Biggest Con of a Heat Pump Is Nullified

For a long time, one of the biggest drawbacks of a heat pump was that they were known to lose efficiency in temperatures below 30°F. This would mean that for climates that regularly drop below that temperature, they would have to rely on auxiliary heating methods, such as heat strips, or on dual fuel systems—a heat pump hybrid that uses both electricity and gas. Or, they’d just opt out of the heat pump entirely and go for a furnace or boiler. But that, of course, means they’d be missing out on all the benefits that a heat pump can bring in the summer.

But in Florida, it’s a non-issue. The lowest recorded temperatures don’t fall below 40°F. A homeowner can happily run their heat pump in Panama City, FL all year long without any fear of losing comfort or of seeing their energy bill skyrocket.

They Lower Humidity

Although heat pumps are not intended to be humidity control devices (which are separate devices entirely), their air conditioning functions do tend to lower humidity levels just as a byproduct of their normal operation. And while you certainly can enjoy this feature anywhere in the country, let’s look at the facts: Florida is literally the most humid state in the nation.

Lowering humidity does more than just increase your comfort. High humidity levels are known to warp wood floors and furniture, create conditions for mold and mildew growth, and can increase the spread of airborne infections.

Interested in finding out if a heat pump is the right system for you? We can help! Contact Alexander Air Conditioning, Inc. today to speak with a professional.

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