We’re proud to offer our customers options when they need to pick out a brand-new heater. The lowest-price system simply isn’t your best bet if you want to save money and see continued performance from your heater throughout the years. That doesn’t mean you can’t get a good deal—it just means you should spend time going over your options so you can make an informed decision that fits your home and climate.
However, we understand this can be tough when you don’t have much of a background in HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning). We’re here to offer a comparison between some of the top systems out there, and we’re happy to help you out when you call our friendly customer service representatives!
A furnace is known as a forced-air heating system, because air is essentially forced through the ventilation system in order to reach all of the rooms of your home. Gas burners or electric components heat a heat exchanger which air passes over before moving through the vents.
If you can get a high-efficiency gas furnace, we highly recommend it. Today’s furnaces can be quite efficient, but electric furnaces may still cost a bit of money to run thanks to the higher cost of using electricity. That’s when we recommend a heat pump.
A heat pump is a forced-air heating and cooling system all in one. Your heat pump uses refrigerant to run, just like a central air conditioner, absorbing heat from the outside air and moving it indoors when you need heat (or transferring heat outside when you need cooling).
Heat pumps use less energy than electric furnaces because the process of moving heat requires so much less energy than the process of generating heat. They’re best in warmer climates, and of course, they’re only useful for homes with ducts—which is why you might consider a ductless system.
Not every home has ductwork, but that doesn’t mean you cannot have the same level of comfort as any home with it. A ductless system has an outdoor unit, like any other heat pump, and refrigerant cycles through it to the indoor units mounted high up on the wall in order to bring in heat.
A ductless system is highly efficient. If you’ve used window units and portable heaters in the past, you should see a major improvement in your monthly bills. Many people don’t realize, though, that there’s a big difference between ductless systems and room air conditioners, and it will require an investment on your part.
A geothermal system is also a heat pump, but it requires a larger investment. Most heat pumps absorb heat from the air, but a geothermal system absorbs heat from the earth. Deep underground, the temperature stays relatively stable, at about 45-55°F. This stable temperature makes it easier to absorb heat than with the unpredictable changing temperatures in the air.
Plus, geothermal systems have fewer moving components, which means they use less energy overall. Many people see their bills drop by hundreds or even thousands of dollars, so we think it’s well worth the money!
For quality heating in Savannah, GA, get your new system from the team at AAction Air Conditioning & Heating Co. Inc.