I'm buying a house in Tuscaloosa, Alabama that needs a new HVAC outdoor package unit. I have a quote to replace the unit with a new gas furnace & AC for $4,875. I have a second quote for a dual fuel heat pump for $6,575. Both units are quoted by the same company and they would be installing Heil equipment.
Questions: Will a heat pump save me money? Is it nuts to have a dual fuel heat pump in Alabama (we do have ~30 days a year below 35F)?