When winter starts to approach, you can really appreciate the benefits of having a comfortable home heated by an efficient heating system. There are many different types of heating systems available, and here’s some information about the most popular ones.
Heat pumps can act as both air conditioners and heaters. During the summer months, they function in a similar manner to traditional air conditioners, using a refrigerant cycle. During the winter, they reverse that cycle to bring heat into a home. They first either absorb heat from the outside air or from the ground and then transfer that heat to the home. Since they’re appliances that run on electricity, they can be relatively affordable to use if electric rates are low. Heat pumps are ideal in warmer climates, like what we have here in Alpharetta. At 4 Seasons Heating & Air, we frequently install heat pumps for our customers who want one product that can work year-round.
Boilers and Furnaces
Boilers use fuel like natural gas or oil to generate heat, and they also use electricity to power their pumps. They heat water, which is then pumped through a series of pipes to radiate heat. Boilers are typically seen in colder climates and in homes without ductwork.
Furnaces are also commonly seen in colder climates. You can find furnaces with different levels of efficiency, and one on the low end of efficiency (around 80% AFUE) might be all you need in a milder climate. Furnaces that are more efficient are usually more expensive to purchase and install, so you have to weigh their benefits with this cost difference. Furnaces work by heating air and blowing that hot air through a duct system. Like other heating systems, furnaces can see their life span extended through regular maintenance.
Whatever heating system option you choose, it’s important that your installation as well as any maintenance is performed by someone who’s experienced and qualified to handle the job. Give 4 Seasons Heating & Air a call today, and we will help you find the best choice for a heating system for your home.