Sunny South Florida enjoys an average temperature of around 83 degrees, but residents know that Florida isn’t exempt from cold fronts. While we won’t be experiencing a polar vortex anytime soon, there are the occasional cold snaps that leave Florida with chilly, if not below freezing, temperatures. Although the cold is rare, you may be wondering if your home needs a heat pump to combat the occasionally chilly days and nights. So, do you really need a heat pump? In short…yes and no—it all depends on a few factors such as how cold it gets where you live and how warm you like to keep your home. Here are some things to take into consideration when trying to keep your Florida home warm:
What exactly is a heat pump you ask? Heat pumps are devices within your HVAC system that provide heat energy from a source (such as a heat sink) to various destinations throughout the home. Heat pumps work by absorbing heat from a cold space and moving it to another space. One of the most efficient ways to heat your home, heat pumps can help save you money on your energy bills as opposed to standard AC systems.
If you’re like the average Floridian, chances are your home already has the built-in heating element known as heat strips. Most traditional air conditioning systems in Florida homes are used solely for producing cool air, and have heat strips instead of an actual heater. While these may work fine in some warm climates, they will struggle to warm your home for extended periods of time—they also will raise your bills quite a bit even if you use them for just a few days.
Gas furnaces aren’t commonly seen in South Florida, but people still question whether or not they are a viable option to heat their home. Although gas rates have traditionally been lower than electricity for years, making the switch from electricity to gas presents its challenges. Because the two are each billed in different units (therms for gas and kilowatt-hours for electricity), it’s difficult to figure out which can truly save you money. Overall, it’s best to consider what type of climate zone your home is in before considering a switch—and for now, Florida rarely uses gas.
Whether or not your home needs a gas pump remains ambiguous. It ultimately depends on how cold it gets outside and how warm you prefer your home to be. While each source of heating has their own pros and cons, it’s always best to consult with your local professionals at Engineered Air before making any alterations to your AC system. For more information on everything HVAC, contact Engineered Air today.