There are 3 ways to heat your home depending on the utility service you have available.
So, How will you stay warm this winter?
By far… the most energy efficient way to heat your home in Southern climates is by gas furnace. The relatively low price of natural gas, its ability to heat the air effectively, and it’s abundance make it a smart choice. The modern gas furnace continues to improve and includes safety controls to make sure that it works safely and is engineered with safety devices that in case of failure can shut itself down. If you have natural gas available at your home, AirVantage highly recommends that you consider a modern gas furnace. Read More about safety controls in modern gas heating systems.
Two additional options for heating your home include the electric heater and heat pump.
If natural gas isn’t available, the electric heater is a smart & reliable choice to heat your home. The way it works is whenever your thermostat senses you need heat, sensors energize electric heating strips (similar to common countertop toaster.) The heating strips and the associated blower are controlled by means of a circuit board and relays.
As with the gas furnace, they also have safety controls to shut down the system in case of a failure. Electric heaters are fairly simple and their initial investment can be an economical choice for many homeowners. The downside is that heating with electricity is somewhat more costly then heating with gas.
The 3rd and final choice for heating Southern homes is the Heat Pump.
A great alternative for homeowners that do not have gas available to their home is the Heat Pump. Heat pumps are engineered to operate by actually taking heat out of the outdoor air and transferring it to the indoor air. Think of it as your air conditioning cooling system working in reverse.
During the summer, an air conditioner works by moving heat from the relatively cool indoors to the relatively warm outside. In winter, the heat pump reverses this trick, scraping heat from the cold outdoors with the help of an electrical system, and discharging that heat inside the house. Almost all heat pumps use forced warm-air delivery systems to move heated air throughout the house.
Since they actually cool outdoor air they work very effectively to temperatures that are down to 42 degrees. At 42 degrees and lower they tend to lose effectiveness as there is less heat in the outdoor air. When it gets too cold to effectively heat from the outdoor air they have automatic systems that use the backup heating source. In most cases that would be electricity. Heat pumps are a fairly decent choice for our climate in the Gulf Coast area.
There you have it; 3 ways to heat your home. If you have any questions concerning which system is best for your specific situation, call John at AirVantage Heating & Cooling. We have our service vehicles and technicians in all areas of the I-45 corridor including League City, Kemah, Clear Lake & Webster as well as Galveston, Santa Fe, Pearland, Friendswood and Texas City.
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