While fall and winter are mild in Vero Beach, Florida, residents still need to keep their homes comfortable. Whether you need to renovate an existing house or build a new home, a heat pump offers a cost-effective solution for keeping your family comfortable throughout the year.

What Is a Heat Pump?

In northern regions of the United States, homeowners use furnaces to heat their homes. A furnace relies on a fuel-burning source, such as oil or natural gas to provide heat.

Heat pumps are built to operate in milder regions of the country, such as the South. Heat pumps work by moving heat from the air outside to inside your home. Inside the heat pump, a compressor pumps refrigerant through the indoor and outdoor coils of the unit, a process that makes heat transfer possible.

Heat Pumps and Energy Efficiency

During the winter, temperatures in Vero Beach generally remain above 70 degrees Fahrenheit, although temperatures can occasionally drop below 50 degrees at night. Highs during the fall are generally in the mid- to upper 80s, with overnight lows in the 60s.

A heat pump can efficiently keep your home comfortable during cooler times of the year. Many heat pumps carry a SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating of 14 to 16. The higher the number, the more efficient the unit will be and the less it will cost to run.

Heating and Cooling Versatility

Since heat pumps use electricity and don’t rely on a fuel-burning source to operate, they can also be used as an air conditioning system. The heat exchange process is simply reversed during the warmer months of the year. As a result, you’ll enjoy year-round comfort from one unit installed in your home.

To learn more about installing a heat pump in your home, call Grimes Heating & Air Conditioning today at 772-208-9892.

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