Heat Pump Services in Panama City & Pensacola, FL
Expert Heat Pump Repair & Installation Throughout the Panhandle
Peaden Air Conditioning, Plumbing & Electrical sells, installs, and repairs many different makes and models of heat pump air conditioning systems. Peaden services Panama City, Pensacola, Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Gulf Shores, and the surrounding areas.
What Is a Heat Pump?
Don’t be confused by the name heat pump. A heat pump is a type of air conditioning and heating system — not just a heating system, as the name suggests. A standard AC system has a one-way pump that only moves heat from inside the house to outside, and they rely on a furnace to heat the home.
A heat pump system can both heat and cool a home because it can reverse the flow of the refrigerant and move heat from outside the home to inside. Because heat pump systems can transfer heat from one place to another, they make great heating systems. They reduce the need to heat a home with heating elements, natural gas, or heating oil.
How Does a Heat Pump Work?
Air conditioners don’t necessarily make your home cold. Rather, they remove heat from your home by moving it outside. All cooling systems accomplish this one way or another. If you’ve ever felt the heat coming from the back of the refrigerator, that heat is being transferred from inside the refrigerator to outside it.
Heat pumps essentially do the same thing. They move heat from one place to another. A heat pump system can reverse the heat flow to bring heat back into the home from outside. Then, when the home needs to be cooled again, the system reverses the heat flow and moves heat outside the home.
Types of Heat Pumps We Can Install
Most heat pumps in the Florida Panhandle will be the air-to-air type, especially in residential applications, but there are four basic types of heat pumps available:
- Air-to-air heat pump or air-source heat pump (ASHP)
- Ductless mini-split heat pump
- Geothermal heat pump or water-to-air heat pump
- Absorption heat pump
Air-source heat pumps and ductless heat pumps exchange heat with the outdoor air, while geothermal heat pumps use a coolant in a ground loop to transfer heat in and out of the earth through a heat exchanger.
Absorption heat pumps use natural gas or propane to heat a mixture of ammonia and water, which acts as a refrigerant to move heat in and out of the home without using a compressor. All types offer efficient heating and cooling, though geothermal and absorption heat pumps are a bit more complex and costly to install.
Benefits of Installing a Heat Pump in Florida
Heat pumps are ideal for areas where natural gas may not be available, providing efficient and effective heating at significantly less cost than electric resistance heaters or electric furnaces. Plus, they offer high-performance cooling for Florida’s long summers.
Other advantages of choosing a heat pump for your Panama City home include:
- Very efficient way to heat a home
- Constant heat
- Lower energy consumption than electric heaters
- Zero carbon emissions
Disadvantages of Heat Pumps
As efficient as heat pumps are, they do have some drawbacks. These can include:
- Higher initial cost
- Regular maintenance requirements
- Backup source required in colder climates
With Florida’s mild winters, heat pumps are an excellent choice for many homes in the Panhandle region, and our team at Peaden can help you find the perfect model for your needs and budget.
Contact us today to learn if a heat pump is right for your home.