Written by Brad Crawford
It does get cold in North Texas during the winter. That means that fall is the perfect time to invest in a new heating system for your home. There are a lot of options when it comes to purchasing a new heating system. Check out the following choices and see which one is best suited for your home.
- Gas heating systems – Gas heating units such as furnaces or boilers are the most common type. Although energy costs have become much more expensive over the last few years, technological advancements have made furnaces and boilers much more efficient. Look for higher than 90 percent AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency) ratings in order to choose the most efficient models. Remember, although higher AFUE-rated models are more expensive, you will save more on your energy bills in the long run.
- Geothermal system – A geothermal heat pump is more expensive than a standard forced-air heating system, at least as far as the upfront costs go. However, these units are also the most efficient and they use the least amount of energy. Geothermal heat pumps use underground (or underwater) pipes in order to absorb heat from the ground and bring it inside. They can also cool your home, by removing heat from inside and “rejecting” it underground. A 30 percent federal tax credit is available for qualified systems.
- Air source heat pumps – These popular heating systems use the principle of refrigeration to cool you home in the summer (like an air conditioner) and heat it in the winter. Air source heat pumps provide very efficient heating, and are ideal for mild winter climates.
- Radiant heating – Radiant heating systems use a series of tubes that circulate hot water beneath the home. The heat produced by the tubes rises up through the floor, warming up everything in its path. Because the heat originates from beneath the floor and rises upwards, your home will always be evenly heated.
There are a number of heating options to choose from, so be sure to balance the upfront cost with the benefits of possible future energy savings. For more information, please contact us at Crawford Services, Inc. We provide quality HVAC services to north Texas residents.