I live in Gainesville, FL which has pretty mild winters but it does freeze on occasion. My home currently has 2 systems (upstairs and downstairs) each consisting of a Carrier gas furnace / air handler and a 2 1/2 ton Carrier AC system.
I am wanting to replace all of this equipment since it is 14 years old and was bottom of the line builders grade in the first place.
We spoke with one potential supplier last night and were told that we should replace the gas furnaces with heat pumps, that we would save a lot of energy costs by doing that. I have a hard time believing this is right. During the winter we sometimes use as much as $45 worth of natural gas per month for heating, but during the summer the AC portion of our electric bill often times tops $450.
Is a heat pump really more efficient than a natural gas furnace for heating? That just doesn't seem right to me.