Heat Pump vs Standard
July 26, 2005 8:59 PM Subscribe
Our air conditioner is going out and has to be replaced. We are likely going to replace it with two standard units as the single unit has never heated or cooled the entire house evenly. The heating/air guy said that would be ideal but would cost 8-10 thousand vs 4 thousand or less if we just bought a new 5 ton unit. However the electric company is offering to loan people the money if they want to buy heat pumps. Not having a lot of extra money right now, that is tempting IF heat pumps are likely to do the job, which I am not sure about.
posted by weretable and the undead chairs to Home & Garden (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I live in northwest Arkansas and while the average daytime temps in winter are in the upper thirties or lower forties, we frequently have nights that reach the teens or below and in the past have had subzero temperatures, although the last few winters have been mild. I have read that heat pumps are not ideal when the winter temps are cold but I have also read that newer heat pumps are much better at handling cold weather than older models. Any advice, especially from those who own heat pumps would be appreciated.