My central air conditioner blew up. I'm replacing everything. Depending on who I talk to I'll get different info on heat pump vs an air conditioner like I have now (compressor outside and air handler inside with heater). My electric company said heat pumps are more effecient as a rule but in older homes that may not be insulated as well as a brand new home with good insulation they are not necessarily better on saving on the electricity bills. My house is in the older house category. It has to do with they way they use electricity. That's really my main concern because I think either will heat and cool just fine. We will be comfortable, but I'd like to have an extra $2 every month after the elec. bill is paid. We do get some sort of rebate from the electric company if we have a heat pump in the home. Don't know why.
Heat pump is more expensive initially by approx. 30%. Salesman says the monthly bill is going to be far less with a heat pump. That will save money in the long run (IF IT'S TRUE).
So, you guys tell me what to buy. Seriously, if anyone has had experience in this area and is willing to share I'd appreciate it. Honestly, I don't know enough about the subject to know what to ask. I live on the panhandle of FL. Summer is longer than winter, hot but not devestating and winters are not bad of course. It gets below freezing at night about 10 times each winter (at night).