Do I need a heat pump?


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Old 01-12-23, 08:55 AM
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Do I need a heat pump?

While quoting out replacement furnace and AC, the idea of a heat pump was brought up to me. We have solar, but it doesn't cover our electric bill 100% yet. (maybe when energy efficiency improves)

Our house stays around 65 in the winter to keep it from getting too hot upstairs, and around 72 in the summer, but it's still too hot upstairs.

I don't know if we need a heat pump, of it's worth the money.
 
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Old 01-12-23, 12:04 PM
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Without saying where you are located we can't offer good advice. Heat pumps are great in certain climates but they can really suffer at low temperatures.
 
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Old 01-12-23, 12:46 PM
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Sorry, I'm in NJ
 
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Old 01-12-23, 02:10 PM
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What's the difference between straight A/C vs. the heat pump option?

When I redid my 1st floor system about 4-5 years ago it was only $700 more to go the heat pump route.

I tweaked the thermostat so it runs on gas a bit more (gives up on the heat pump around 35F), not so much for economic reasons but noise/comfort. When it gets around freezing the heat pump will run in defrost mode more, which can be louder/noiser inside the house because the A/C is running along with the gas burners.
 
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Old 01-12-23, 02:56 PM
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about $2K-$3K
 
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Old 01-12-23, 04:54 PM
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I'm in NJ. I just put in a new gas furnace and split air conditioner. Our electric rates are fairly low but not as low as natural gas. My appliances are all natural gas. I don't have solar and don't have the roof for it. Some of my neighbors have it and are paying peanuts for electric service. I think even with reduced electric rates I'd still rely on natural gas and let the subsidies pay for cooling where the big bill is.
 
 

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