straight cool or heat pump?

Old 04-17-07, 06:41 AM
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Unhappy straight cool or heat pump?

I live in Central Florida and am about to replace the A/C in the house. The prices I've received for a heat pump vs. straight cool system are very close. Considering I don't use the heat very much but the air conditioning a lot, which system is better for me? (The house is not very well insulated so when I do use the heat it needs to pack a punch).
Old 04-17-07, 08:28 AM
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If their that close Id go at least 16 seer heat pump.
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If your total heating days for the year are few, then I would go with straight a/c and resistance heat. This is just my opinion, and you will probably get several more opinions that will go either way. My feeling is that straight a/c has fewer parts and will be easier and cheaper to repair. Electric heat is very reliable and again, easy to repair.
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You dont say how far down you are in Fl there Id say from about Orlando on up I go with a heat pump. but from about Tampa and melbourne down .Id go with the AC and electric element heat. Any way Id go for the SEER 15 and put in a V/S blower with a humidistat on the unit. A hot water recovery unit for sure. thats free hot water for about 8 months down there And it kicks up the seer of the ac unit also. For sure down there get 3 bids for the job.
I just put in about 25 years down in WPB .Stay with R 22 it will be made till 2030

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