Most homes and small businesses in Bradenton, FL are heated and cooled by forced air systems served by furnaces and air conditioning split systems. Many people are wondering about heat pumps in Bradenton, FL. Are they a good choice for our climate?
Types of heat pumps
A standard mechanical heat pump is an alternative to a furnace and air conditioner. It is like a reversible air conditioning split system where the direction of the refrigerant flow determines where the heat will removed and where it will be delivered. A standard heat pump uses less energy per unit of heat than an electrical space heater, but it is not always more cost effective than a conventional high efficiency HVAC system. It depends on your specific circumstances.
A geothermal heat pump takes heat from the interior of a home or building and delivers it far below the surface of the ground, where it’s cooler. This heat flow happens naturally, so a geothermal heat pump is a type of renewable energy system. Geothermal heat pumps are eligible for government incentive programs, and they can save you money on energy costs.
Heat Pumps in Bradenton, FL
Bradenton, FL is hot and humid during the summer and cooler in the winter. Through most of the year, air conditioning is more important than heating. A heat pump is basically an air conditioner that can also be used for heating.
Most mechanical heat pumps are slightly less efficient for cooling than a dedicated air conditioning split system, and they work better in situations where the interior and exterior temperature are not at opposite extremes. Therefore, a heat pump is a good choice in homes and businesses that need to be cooled in the summer and heated in the winter, and that are not located in very cold climates, where the difference between the desired indoor temperature and the outdoor temperature may up to 100° F.
Even though it can get very hot in Florida, the difference between the exterior and the desired interior temperature is almost always less than 30° F. Heat pumps can be effective in Bradenton. However, they are most effective when they are serving a dual purpose, for example, by heating a pool and cooling an interior space at the same time.
Aqua Air Conditioning
Aqua Air Conditioning is located in Sarasota, and we also serve the residents and business owners of Bradenton. We have been in business since the 1970s, and our technicians are fully trained, highly experienced and up to date with both conventional and renewable energy HVAC systems. We have experts on staff who can evaluate your heating and cooling needs and tell you whether or not a heat pump would be a good choice for your home or commercial building.