Heat Pump vs Furnace/AC
Basic Question: Do heat pumps really work as well as a gas furnace and AC unit?
I need to repair/replace one of my furnaces and one of my AC units (AC was weak this summer & I think it has a freon leak, furnace has a crack developing on the heat exchanger). I've had two guys out to the house to give me estimates. They both mentioned heat pumps. Why???? I had a house in Virginia that had a heat pump and it was a horrible unit. I'm now in St. Louis, Missouri. So my question to this forum is - do heat pumps really work just as well as a furnace/AC unit and I just had a bad unit in VA or is a furnace/AC unit better?
We keep our house in the upper 70's (78-80) in the summer and 65-68 in the winter. Not because we can't afford higher utility bills but I'm trying to be energy conscious. Plus we just moved from houston so we're use to being hot (80 is still cool to us as long as the humidity is reduced).
thanks for any info!!!!