Hi all -
I'm replacing my 16 year old heat (80%) & a/c (11 seer), and one option I'm considering is a heat pump. Do anyone have any positive & negative comments on heat pumps? I live in the KC area, and it's below 30 degrees 20% of the winter, so from my understanding, the backup (80%) gas heater will run 20% of the time. For heat pump owners - my utility company gives over a 50% discount on electric rates for 8 months of the year. I'm trying to decide if the higher cost of electric heat pump in winter and the lower utility rate 8 months of the year will offset the much higher gas prices (if I went with traditional split units) we've all seen in the last 3-4 years.
Is there a website where I might be able to plug in some numbers (temp, util. cost, furnace & a/c energy rating) to determine which system is best for my climate?