There is a huge amount of heating options available to homeowners today, so many that it can easily be overwhelming.
- Do you want a combustion heater or a heat pump?
- If combustion, what fuel do you want it to burn?
- If heat pump, do you want a central unit or a ductless system?
- If you aren’t sure about any of those questions, don’t worry.
We’ve got a short summary below of some of your heating options in Tempe.
Furnaces are the most popular kind of heating system in the country. They’re relatively cheap, versatile, and put out a lot of heat relative to the amount of fuel burned. Most furnaces operate on natural gas, which is piped in by the city. In areas where natural gas is not an option, however, electric and even wood burning furnaces are still an option. Furnaces are a great option for those who want a sturdy heating system that can last a long time.
A heat pump does not burn fuel to create heat, like furnaces do. Instead, it evaporates and condenses refrigerant to move heat from one area to another. This makes it extremely energy efficient, because it’s moving preexisting heat from outside into the home instead of creating it. It’s also safer, as it doesn’t have any toxic byproducts of its operation like furnaces do from burning natural gas. Heat pumps are a good choice for people who want to save money and live in more temperate climates.
A ductless mini-split is just like a heat pump, but built to only heat one room instead of the whole house. Why would this ever be desirable? Well, for one thing it avoids losing heat to leaks in the ductwork, something that a lot of forced air systems suffer from. For another, it offers the added ability to set a different temperature in each room with a ductless system. Ductless systems fit the needs of those who want a finer level of control over the climate in their home.
If you’re in the market for a new heating system, call Johns Refrigeration. We provide heating installation services throughout Tempe.