Have you heard of heat pumps? They are a great alternative to your typical central air system and use new technology to heat your home more efficiently. Let’s take a quick look at how they work:
Heat pumps utilize the laws of thermodynamics by drawing heated molecules out of the surrounding air and using those molecules to heat your home. This differs from the traditional central heat system, which has to generate its own heat either by electricity or gas. So your heat pump will gather heat from the outside air and use it to heat your home. It will also move the cold air from inside your house to outside. Because of the technology used by heat pumps, homeowners can see an immediate difference in energy costs. According to the US Department of Energy, your electric use for heating will drop by about 50% when using a heat pump!
Heat pumps are perfect for Florida winters since the temperatures rarely drop below 32 degrees for an extended period of time. The US Department of Energy says, “For climates with moderate heating needs, heat pumps offer an energy-efficient alternative to furnaces.” Heat pumps are also great for our humid climate because they are more efficient at dehumidifying the air than central air systems.
You can choose the type of heat pump that would be best suited for your needs. You may just want your main living area to be heated by the pump. In this case, a smaller heat pump would get the job done. If you’re interested in a heat pump as your chief heat source, whole-house heat pumps are also available.
If you want to read more about heat pumps, check out this article from the US Department of Energy: