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How to Choose a Heating System

As a homeowner, there are a lot of decisions to make when it comes to the best way to manage your home. When deciding how you’re going to heat your home, you have a number of options. It’s important to take where you live into consideration when deciding what type of heating system to use, because different climates are conducive to different types of heating.

If you live in a warmer climate area, heat pumps are a good option for heating your home. This type of heating system is especially useful if you live somewhere with low electricity rates, because they’re electric-powered instead of fossil fuel-powered. If you live in an area with low electricity rates, having a heat pump is a good choice when it comes to heating your home, because it will cost less to heat your home this way than if you were to install a furnace. The cost for electricity to run the heat pump is likely much less than if you had to power a fuel-based system that runs on gas or oil. Additionally, if you already have a central air conditioning system, the heat pump combines with it so that only one piece of equipment is necessary to heat and cool your home instead of two.

Installing a heat pump through your HVAC system heats your home by taking in air from outside and processing it through a reverse refrigeration cycle. The compressor draws the air in from outside, and the heat is taken from the air and compressed. A refrigerant in the system evaporates the heat into a gas so that it can travel through copper tubing to a coil inside the house. When it reaches its destination, the gas returns to liquid through condensation, and the heat is able to distribute throughout the house.

A furnace is an entirely different system. Furnaces are often fueled by either gas or oil, though some are electric. Forced air furnaces operate by igniting a flame inside the system that heats up the air. A fan within the system pushes the heated air through ducts and vents that run throughout the house.

There are a lot of factors that go into choosing the heating system that’s right for you and your home, so it’s important to speak with an experienced contractor to help you make the decision!

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Why Should You Regularly Maintain HVAC Systems?

In our last post, we talked about some of the reasons it’s important to regularly maintain your HVAC system. Here are three more reasons to make sure you’re staying on top of your routine maintenance schedule!

Safety

As a homeowner, your primary concern is the safety of your family within your home. One important factor in keeping your family safe is the upkeep of your HVAC system. When your HVAC system is regularly serviced, you’re ensuring that everything is in proper working order, which means you’re avoiding all potential hazards. If your system has any issues, such as faulty wiring, loose connections, or any leaks or blockages, having regularly scheduled appointments provides an opportunity for a trained technician to identify these problems and correct them before they become much bigger, more dangerous issues.

Cleaner Air

If your HVAC system is all backed up and clogged with dirt, dust, and debris, the air that it is pumping out and circulating throughout your house is DIRTY! By having a technician regularly maintain your HVAC system, changing the air filter as necessary, the air in your house will be cleaner. Dirty filters can only hold so much; not changing your air filters regularly is not only keeping dirt in and pumping germs throughout your house, it’s making your system run less efficiently. As we said in our last post, an uninhibited system is going to run most efficiently, which means it’s saving you the most money possible!

Extending Your System’s Life

If you call a HVAC technician as soon as you see a problem with your system, or if a small problem is detected during a regularly scheduled maintenance appointment, you have the opportunity to increase the lifespan of your HVAC system. The better working order that your system is kept in, the longer it’ll run because it isn’t constantly requiring maintenance or needing parts replaced. By being able to keep your system longer, you’re saving money in the grand scheme of things, because you don’t have to shell out a ton of money to replace the entire system as quickly as you would if the system wasn’t maintained as well.

The best way to maintain your system, and the comfort of your family within your home, is to make sure you always have your HVAC system serviced regularly. This will ensure your system is running as effectively, efficiently, cleanly, and safely as possible! On top of all of that, you’re saving some money too, so it’s a win-win.