The climate in Florida ranges from warm to moderate, which means most heating systems need to supply very little heat to Floridian homes. Two of the most common ways homeowners achieve this is by using either a heat pump or a resistive heater. These two heating systems both have their own sets of advantages and disadvantages, as well as camps of people who prefer one over the other.
In many cases, the argument about whether heat pumps or resistive heaters are the better heating solution can go either way. However, for a Florida climate, the advantages seem to tip in favor of heat pumps. Here our experts at Anthony’s Cooling, Heating & Electrical explain why.
What Is a Heat Pump?
A heat pump can function as both a heater and air conditioner in most homes. This is because, unlike traditional boilers or furnaces which move heated air or water, heat pumps work by moving heat itself from one place to another. This means it can cool your home on hot days and warm it on cold days.
This method of heat transfer is gradual and isn’t recommended for homes in areas with extreme temperature variations. However, this is exactly the reason it’s the ideal choice for homes in areas with a moderate climate like that of Florida.
What Are Resistive Heaters?
On the other hand, resistive heating systems use either electricity or fuel to help regulate the temperature in your home. These systems can produce a lot of heat, which means they’re a good candidate for homes with harsh winters. However, they can be a little too over-the-top for moderate climates. Because of this, you could be throwing away money by using an inefficient resistive heater when your heating demands are significantly below its capacity.
Get high-quality heat pump installations and replacements with the help of our technicians at Anthony’s Cooling, Heating & Electrical. Give us a call at (941) 347-0779 or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate today.
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