I'm considering moving to Florida soon and have noticed many houses
have electric heat. Since they have air conditioning, how difficult
and expensive would it be to convert the heating from electric to gas,
assuming there already is gas in the house? Any other suggestions?
Depends on how the system is installed. I had an heat pump on the roof. I
changed it to a straight cool ground mount compressor and a new air handler
in a closet that had a gas heater in it. As I could do most of the work
myself it was pretty easy. That was 8 years ago. Before doing the change
check the rates for both fuels. It might take a long time to get your money
back. Depending on the seer rating. My new home has a 10 seer and I looked
into changing it out to a 14. Cost you ask,,, $5400.00
I am not doing it as it will take 8 years to break even. I do not plan to be
here for more than 4-5.
More insulation and weather stripping would be my first expense. Heat in
Florida, should not need that much..
To the OP...heat pump IS the way to go...as suggested...however...some
additions on the information given below.
Where the unit is mounted means nothing...nothing at all. It is how the duct
work is installed, and if it is matched to the system at hand that matters,
along with a properly sized system using manual T.
SEER ratings have NOTHING to do with how well the heat pump will save you
money. None. SEER ratings only apply to the AC function of the unit.
HSPF is what you rate the heat pump by in heating mode.
Not enough information there to determine if the price is right, since we
just installed a 16SEER rated unit (remember, SEER is for the AC only) for
You dont state tonnage, what was or will need to be done...so that figure is
On 9 Apr 2004 05:57:48 -0700, firstname.lastname@example.org (News Reader)
You want a heat pump if you live in FL. I'm in the Tampa area and ran
my heat exactly 3 days this year... Depending on where you are moving
to it may not make sense to change the type of heat.
It makes very little sense, (or cents, for that matter!), to go with gas
heat in the far south US. A heat pump is by far a clear choice. You want AC
anyway, for a few more dollars you can lmake it heat for you too. A gas
furnace is much more money to install compared to the differance between AC
and heat pump. The climate is perfeect for it too. No question in my mind!
i am in south louisiana, and last year, winter, the heater was on maybe
two night at most... if you are gonna be in florida i dont think that
putting any money into heat is going to be cost effective.. probably
will not use the heat much anyway.....
a/c will probably run about 11 months out of the year or more.....
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