Even though we barely ever get a break from the hot and humid weather, now is the time of year that homeowners really start thinking about their air conditioning in Milton, FL. Is your system prepared to take on the coming months? You want to be sure to schedule maintenance now to make sure if you haven’t done so already.
What if you find out that you need a new air conditioning system, though? The good news is, there are a number of options available to you, each with their own benefits. With our help, you’re sure to find something that matches your budget, whether it’s the upfront costs or the monthly costs that concern you most. For the latter, we highly recommend a system that can give you comfort all year round—the heat pump!
What Is a Heat Pump?
If you already have a traditional split-system central air conditioner, then you already have an idea of how a heat pump works, because the processes are very similar. However, there are a few differences that give heat pumps an advantage for most homeowners. Heat pumps function by evaporating and condensing refrigerant to transfer heat, which is what an air conditioner does.
The main difference, though, is that a heat pump contains a reversing valve, which enables the heat pump to reverse the direction that refrigerant flows through it, so it can provide both heating and air conditioning functions. For many homeowners, this is the main reason to have a heat pump installed, but it’s not the only benefit!
The Advantages of Heat Pump Installation
As stated above, the primary benefit of a heat pump system is its ability to function both as an air conditioner and a heater, which is a big advantage over normal air conditioning systems. So instead of spending more time and space on a completely separate home comfort system (one of which gets used very little in Florida), you can use a heat pump all year long.
Another benefit is that heat pumps are much more energy efficient as heating systems than traditional heaters, such as a furnace. This is because heat pumps don’t have to burn any type of fuel to generate heat. Rather, a heat pump siphons thermal energy from the air outside the home and vents it inside, transferring heat.
As any Florida resident can tell you, finding the most efficient heating system you can is highly advantageous, given how much we use our air conditioners—by the time winter rolls around, you may be tempted to cease using your heater at all to avoid high energy costs. But with a heat pump system, there’s no reason to sacrifice comfort this time of the year or any other!
Heat pumps are actually ideal for climates such as ours. In areas that experience harsh, freezing winters, a heat pump can struggle to keep a home warm since it has very little warm air to pull from. So if you’re looking for a new air conditioning system and could use a more efficient heater too, definitely talk to us about a heat pump installation!
To learn more about heat pump systems and to schedule your next AC installation, contact Kool Breeze of Northwest Florida, Inc. today!