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Should I Install a Heat Pump or Air Conditioner in Florida?

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The cool air may not be gone just yet, but spring is well on its way. When the heat wave hits, you know as well as we do that it will last a while, so you might be in the market for a new cooling system. Only, there’s a problem: you have tons of choices.

Wondering if a central AC system or a heat pump will serve you better? Our team here at Greens Energy Services can help.

Want to learn more about the benefits of a heat pump or central cooling system for your Orlando home?

Contact our certified HVAC team online or call 407-917-3759 today.

Is There Such a Thing as a Bad Cooling System?

The good news is that there’s no “bad” choice. If a cooling system couldn’t do its job right, it wouldn’t survive in our current market, simple as that. So, no matter what you choose, you’ll get quality cooling.

A Quick Analysis: Heat Pumps vs. Central Cooling

Comparing Cost

It’s not a cut-and-dry topic, but there are some important ways these two systems differ:

  • A central cooling system, also commonly just known as an “air conditioner,” tends to cost less upfront, when you’re buying and installing. This makes it popular for homeowners on an immediate budget.
  • Heat pumps cost less to operate over time. They’re much more energy-efficient, and overall they have an easier time doing their job, which adds up to a lower total cost of operation.

Essentially, a central system costs less to purchase but more to operate, while a heat pump is the opposite.

Comparing Power

In terms of raw cooling strength, either of these will get the job done. But they differ here a bit, too.

  • Central cooling uses a lot of energy and is a high-power machine. These units put out some serious cooling, and do so quickly, which can be a blessing for our hot summers.
  • A heat pump will also get your home cool, but its strength lies in its ability to efficiently dehumidify your home. Both systems do this, but a heat pump does it better.

Comparing Reliability

So, how long do these last? When talking about cost, longevity is a big deal, and a cooling system is quite an investment. No matter which you choose, the results will be about the same. With routine maintenance, a central system and a heat pump can both be expected to last around 15 years or so.

One more not-so-small thing in a heat pump’s favor is its ability to both cool and heat your home. This means they’re not just good at blocking the summer sun, but they can also keep you cozy in the winter.

Do I Need a Heat Pump in Florida?

In Florida’s climate, heat pumps are an ideal choice. While northern homes may need a furnace to crank out enough BTUs to heat the whole home during harsh winters, a heat pump is the right choice for many Florida residents. Plus, a heat pump does double duty as a cooling solution during Florida’s hot, muggy summers.

Contact a certified Orlando heating and cooling technician at 407-917-3759 today to find out if a heat pump is right for you.

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Should I Install a Heat Pump or Air Conditioner in Florida? Should I Install a Heat Pump or Air Conditioner in Florida?