Heating is the most intense use of electric energy in the average home and is the most expensive electric appliance.
Since heating can cost two to three times more than cooling, save by using heating blankets or small portable
space heaters to heat only the rooms that you are occupying. Jones Air Conditioning, recommends setting the thermostat between 65 and 68 degrees Fahrenheit when heating the home. Heat pumps are more expensive than straight-cool air conditioners with electric resistance heat (electric heat strips). According to local air conditioning contractors, the price varies depending on the size and unit efficiency. Many families in Southwest Florida use their heat too sparingly to justify the cost of a heat pump. Occasionally, medical conditions require that very constant indoor temperatures be maintained. In these cases, a heat pump would be a wise investment. As a rule of thumb, a heat pump should be purchased if power usage of at least three winter heating months is equal to or greater than power usage in the three highest summer months.
Watts of heat strip kWh per hour
1,500 watts 1.5 kWh
7,500 watts 7.5 kWh
* 10,000 watts 10 kWh
15,000 watts 15 kWh