When it comes to choosing a new heating system, you have more options than you think! Most people believe furnaces and boilers are the only options worth considering because they are “conventional.” However, why not take advantage of new technology that can save energy and help you stay more comfortable every day? Here’s a look at some of your heating options.
Air-source heat pumps
These heating systems are nearly twice as efficient as conventional gas furnaces. One portion of the system is located outside where it collects heat from the air to be sent indoors. Heat pumps even work in the summer when they act like a high-efficiency air conditioner. The only drawback is that heat pumps need electric or gas backup heat systems when the weather drops below freezing. The backup heat source is not nearly as efficient as the heat pump itself.
Geothermal heat pumps
As the name suggests, geothermal heat pumps tap into the natural, sustainable heat found in the earth to provide heating and cooling at 300-600 percent efficiency, much more efficient than ordinary air-source heat pumps. While these heating systems come with a hefty installation cost, they can last up to 50 years, require limited maintenance and are eligible for a 30-percent tax credit through 2016.
This involves installing tubing beneath the floor. In the most popular type of radiant floor heating system, boiler-heated hot water runs through the tubing to provide even, noiseless heat to the entire home. The system consumes much less electricity than other types of heating systems thanks to the nature of radiant heat, which continues to give off warmth long after it has been heated.
Ductless mini splits
For home additions or other areas where ductwork isn’t feasible, mini splits are a great option. They are inexpensive, easy to install and can provide zoning options for ideal comfort in every room.
To learn more about these heating system options, contact Blanton’s Heating & A/C in Fayetteville today.