Hi all ...
Say ... I am in the process of getting bids on getting a central air
unit with a variable air handler and a thermidistat (both temp and
The last bid gave me the option to go with a Heat Pump or straight
electric on the furnace side.
I've been trying to recall my high school physics on this one and I'm
guessing that a Heat Pump is basically just an air conditioner in
reverse ... chill the outside and pump the waste heat inside (I guess
you save on waste LIGHT that way from heating elements or something of
Anyway ... I have a fairly small condo ... only needs a 1.5 ton unit
in the first place.
Question ... when a heat pump is running (say it is 45 - 55 degrees
outside), what % savings does one see with a heat pump vs. straight
TWO ... say it is 10 degrees outside (or 0) are the electric back-up
elements in a heat pump furnace system significantly less efficient
than the electric heating elements in a straight electric furnance?