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Heat Pump vs. AC: Which is Better in Florida?


Choosing an air conditioning system to install in your Florida home is a big commitment to make. With so many different types of cooling solutions available, selecting the right one can feel overwhelming. At All American Home Services, our HVAC technicians have years of experience installing the perfect cooling solutions for Florida families. We’ve helped take some of the guesswork out of your decision-making process by compiling a list of pros and cons for heat pumps vs. central air conditioning systems. Find out whether a heat pump or AC unit is best for your Florida home below!

Heat Pump Pros & Cons for Florida Families

Advantages of Heat Pumps

One of the biggest advantages to heat pump installation is having the ability to heat and cool your home all in one system. Heat pumps also require minimal maintenance and are a much eco-friendlier option since they rely on natural sources to heat and cool the home.

In addition to their durability and unique function, heat pumps are also incredibly energy-efficient, making them great for long-term energy savings on all your home HVAC needs.

Disadvantages of Heat Pumps

While heat pumps offer exceptional durability, energy-efficiency, and functionality, installing one of these units in your Florida home can be quite expensive. The long-term energy savings you receive will eventually offset the cost of installation; however, it is a large investment to make if you’re not in the financial position to wait to recoup these costs. Heat pump installation is also quite challenging, and you may be required to obtain a permit before installing the unit.

Central Air Conditioning Pros & Cons in FL Homes

Advantages of Central AC

With a central AC unit in place, you’ll enjoy consistent indoor temperatures all year. Not only do central air conditioning systems keep your Florida home cool, but they also provide filtered air for improved health and cleanliness. Central air conditioning systems can also be combined with a heater as a packaged unit to provide warmth during the winter and cooling comfort during the summer.

Central air conditioning systems are also much less complicated to install. Not only that, but the cost of installation pales in comparison to the cost of introducing a brand-new heat pump to your home.

Disadvantages of Central AC

Despite their strong cooling capacity, central AC systems are not very energy-efficient due to the fact that they cool every room of the home — even those that aren’t used often. Additionally, central AC requires frequent duct maintenance to prevent against bacteria, mold, and mildew buildup within your air ducts.

If you don’t already have ductwork installed in your home (for example, for an existing furnace), then you’ll need to have this installed before introducing a central AC unit. While the cost of installation is inexpensive when ductwork already exists, adding ductwork is a major renovation that can quickly cause the price of your air conditioning installation to skyrocket.

Find the Cooling Solutions You Need at All American!

Whether you’re seeking to install a heat pump, central AC, or ductless mini-split system, All American has the HVAC professionals you need to get the job done right. Our team proudly offers the highest quality systems and solutions to deliver the most powerful cooling equipment to your Florida home. Allow us to bring long-lasting cooling comfort to your residence by scheduling AC installation services with our team today!

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Had some issues at 9pm with my ac acting weird and this company had someone out in less then 30 minutes and it was a simple fix ! Great company , great workers and fast service.

– Charlene Knight

Technicians and staff are well trained, knowledgeable and easy to work with. I'm very happy with services they provided. Always my first call.

– Russy Persad

I was very pleased with the awesome service I received my technician ( Dalton ) was extremely knowledgeable, professional, considerate and explained everything very well, I would highly recommend this company!!!

– Wayne Goldhammer

We had questions concerning our AC unit and the tech came out and checked everything and answered all the questions we had. We called early in the day and got service the same day. Will be using them again in the future.

– Raylin C.

Great people. Very informative. Would definitely recommend and use this company again!

– Nicole Epps

The technician, Dalton, was on time and very knowledgable. He was able to tell me a lot about my unit and explain everything to me. Their price was much more fair than those that I've paid in the past. Excellent customer service, highly recommended!

– John Decoster