Heat Pumps or Propane Gas for Heating

I will be building my house in Pine Ridge, Florida but at my location natural gas in unavailable. I will use propane gas for my kitchen appliances and fire place.

Because of cost and efficiency would it be a good idea to also use propane for heating?

Junior

Hi Junior,
Yes, that would be a good idea as it doesn’t appear that it ever gets too cold in Pine Ridge (see temperature graph below for Pine Ridge). Lucky you!

Whatever fuel amount (gas, electricity, or oil) you use for heating will be minimal compared to what would be used in more frigid areas.

It doesn’t appear to get too hot in the summer either, so your air conditioning system won’t have to work too hard either.

The only other option you would have and one that I would explore is an air to air heat pump. Heat pumps in your area come very close to the cost efficiency of natural gas or propane.

An air-source heat pump can provide efficient heating and cooling for your home, especially if you live in a warm climate. When properly installed, an air-source heat pump can deliver one-and-a-half to three times more heat energy to a home than the electrical energy it consumes.

Your local electric utility can figure operating costs for you for both systems, so that you can “crunch the numbers” and decide which is best.

Carl

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