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

The cool air may not be all gone just yet, but spring is certainly well on its way. When the heat wave hits, you know as well as we do that it’s going to last a while, so you might be in the market for a new cooling system. Only, there’s a problem: You’ve got tons of choices! Wondering if a central cooling system or a heat pump will serve you better? If so, our team here at Greens Energy Services can help.

Looking 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 us at 407-917-3759 today!

Is There Such Thing as a Bad Cooling System?

The good news is we can say, without even a hint of salesman smarm, that there is 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 are going to be getting quality cooling.

A Quick Analysis: Heat Pumps vs. Central Cooling

Comparing Cost

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

  • A central cooling system, also commonly just known as an “air conditioner,” tends to be low on the cost spectrum when you’re actually buying and installing. This makes it a popular choice for homeowners on an immediate budget. However …
  • 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. So basically, a central system is 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 two is going to get the job done. But they differ here a bit, too.

  • Central cooling is very heavy on energy use, but it is also a high-power machine. These units put out some serious cooling, and do so in a hurry, which can be a blessing for our summer seasons.
  • A heat pump installation is also going to get your home cool, but its strength really lies in its ability to efficiently dehumidify your home. Both systems do this, but a heat pump just does it better.

Comparing Reliability

So, how long do these last? When you’re talking about cost, longevity is a big deal, and a cooling system is quite the investment. No matter which you choose, the results are going to be about the same. Assuming you’re getting routine maintenance, a central system and a heat pump both can 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 keep you cozy in the winter, too!

Do I Need a Heat Pump in Florida?

Florida’s climate makes heat pumps an ideal choice. While a 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?