What Kind of Heating System Do I Need for My Florida Home?

Florida’s climate is warmer than most states, but that doesn’t mean a heating system for your home is unnecessary, as we do experience some cold spells here. So, you want to keep your home at an ideal temperature to ensure comfort while maintaining cost-efficiency—especially with winter rapidly approaching. When that cold weather comes knocking on your door, what is the right heating option for your home? Our blog takes a look at what kinds of heating systems are available in Florida.

A Look at Your Options

No matter what your HVAC needs, the experienced team at Comfort Temp can provide you with expert guidance on what will work best in your home. We’ll be able to answer all your questions about heating repair and replacement options. The most common heating solutions include: 

  • Heat Strips
  • Heat Pumps
  • Furnaces

Heat Strips

Some Florida homeowners choose to go with what is known as heat strips, which is a simple heating element placed in the AC unit to act as a space heater when temperatures plummet, such as at night. They work well when only used sporadically but are energy drains that shouldn’t be used regularly—especially because they become ineffective if temperatures ever fall below freezing.

Heat Pumps

In Florida, heat pumps are a great choice for homes because they draw out the air warmed by the sun even when there is a cold front or temperature dip. It is a useful option in areas where the temperature outside rarely dips too low, like Florida.

However, some drawbacks are that your home will not be as cool during hot weather because heat pumps cool less efficiently than a traditional air unit. While heat pumps would greatly benefit your monthly energy savings, they tend to have higher upfront costs.


furnace in garage

One of the most popular heating systems in Florida is furnaces. Furnaces are forced-air systems that heat air and blow the air through the ducts throughout your house, heating the rooms. There are several options for what type of furnace best suits your needs and your home.

If you decide to install a furnace in your home, you will need to decide what type of fuel your furnace will use. An electric furnace is a wiser choice for homes in Florida since they work best in climates with milder winters. Meanwhile, a gas furnace is better for harsher, colder climates.

Although electric furnaces are more efficient than gas furnaces, they can end up costing you more since your electric and energy costs would rise. However, gas furnaces do take a bit more work at times—before you turn on your heat for the winter, make sure you perform some standard maintenance. 

Regardless of what furnace you choose, you’ll want to ensure your furnace is up-to-code to avoid any fines and prevent carbon monoxide leaks. If you’re installing a new furnace, this shouldn’t be a problem, but regularly scheduled inspections of your furnace each year ensure that you’re keeping your home or business safe and warm. 

Comfort Temp Keeps You Comfortable in Winter and Beyond

There are many pros and cons for each heating system for you to consider when deciding which one is the perfect fit for warming up your Florida home. It’s important to review all of the available options and choose one that heats your home properly in colder weather while considering our state’s ever-changing and unique climate.

At Comfort Temp, we have spent decades helping families like yours stay comfortable at home. Our team is happy to help maximize your comfort even when winter weather comes to call, whether through installation, maintenance, or repair services for your HVAC unit. Our passion is your complete satisfaction. Rely on your trusted HVAC professionals at Comfort Temp to help you make the right choice for you and your home.

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