When the dead of winter sneaks up on you, the last thing you want to experience is a broken heating system. Your heater is a reliable system that keeps you warm during the winter months. Without it, especially when you live in a colder than average area, can lead to dire consequences. As a result, it is in your best interest to always make sure that your heating system works properly.
Over time, just like any other home appliance, your heating system will either need replaced completely, or it will need proper service. But sometimes, it can understandably be hard to pinpoint exactly when that time is. The most obvious sign is when your heater fails to work at all. However, there are signs you can and should pay attention to before your heater gives out altogether.
There are so many different types of technology out there now that when it’s time to replace your heating system or get a simple fixer-upper, you have many options to choose from. You can choose from different models and sizes that fit your home best. In any event, you can get in touch with our HVAC professionals with any questions you have about repairs or having a new heating system installed.
All heating systems run off of one main heat source. The most common types of heating systems include:
- Heat Pumps
- Active Solar Heating
- Electric Heating
A furnace, or forced air distribution system, is a gas-powered system that forces air through a series of multiple ducts. This helps distribute heated and conditioned air all throughout your home or office. Though most furnaces use electricity, propane, or oil, in most homes around the country, you will find a natural gas system in place. This is the safest and most energy-efficient type of furnace to use.
On the other hand, gas furnaces are actually one of the most popular types of heating systems because it can be used concurrently with your air conditioner, too, therefore minimizing energy output and reducing your overall electric bill.
Overall, a furnace is one of the oldest types of heating systems used today. Older systems were actually powered by coal and wood as opposed to more modern furnaces today, which are powered by natural gas and electricity. With so many selections to make when it comes to your furnace, it’s a good thing you have Go Admiral on your side to help you make the best selection possible.
The next system you can utilize is a boiler or radiator distribution system. This is another one of the most common types of heating systems used today. A boiler sends hot water, or steam, through a series of pipes to provide heat. At their core, boilers enable homes to target specific areas or zones that they want specifically heated.
But, as a result, they cost you more upfront to install and significantly more money to run. With a boiler, your energy and electricity bill could be much higher than you might like to make up for the benefits of specific zone heating.
Furnaces and boilers are actually commonly referred to and known as central heating systems because the heat generates in one area of your home and then maneuvers throughout the rest of your house. Your furnace should last between 15-30 years before needing any major replacements or repairs.
Heat pumps are another type of heat distribution. These pumps can be used to provide both heat and cool air to your home. By using refrigerant and electricity, these pumps transfer electricity rather than generating it by itself like a furnace does. Consequently, these systems are more efficient than any other types of heating system will be.
However, heat pumps work better in a climate where the temperatures do not often drop below freezing. Heat pump systems normally last for 15 years before needing any major repairs or replacements.
Solar heating systems are one of the newest types of heating systems used today. These systems use pure solar energy, from the sun, of course, to heat fluids, liquids, and even the air around you. Then the solar heat is transferred to the space around your home, or it can be stored. If for some reason, your solar panels do not provide adequate heat, a backup auxiliary panel can provide assistance.
Because solar-powered systems are relatively new, their outcomes and effects are still being studied. There is no common data out there to support the overall efficiency of the systems. Still, many homeowners are quoted saying that they are more energy-efficient than other types of systems they’ve used. Solar-powered heating systems have a general life expectancy of 20 or more years.
A pro to having a solar-powered system includes reducing the costs of your fuel bills. But a con does include the possibility of having to own a secondary backup system in case the solar-powered unit does not heat your home how you’d like. As a result, you will likely have to spend much more at the initial purchase than you would having to buy the solar-powered system alone.
Last but certainly not least, we have electric heating appliances, or commonly referred to as electric resistance heating. This heater uses a process in which distributed electricity is converted into heat and then spread around your home.
Electric heating systems have an overall efficiency of 95-100% and a life expectancy of 20 or more years. They are electrically fueled and offer an inexpensive equipment installation cost and high energy efficiency. However, on the other hand, the operating costs are far more expensive than any other unit.
Extending your HVAC System’s Life
Similar to any other in-home appliance, you will need to regularly maintain your HVAC to extend its life. You want to get the most out of your system; therefore, you will need to provide proper care and regular maintenance. Moreover, it is crucial for you to pay attention to any warning signs that your system is in need of a check-up or repair.
You can always perform DIY maintenance on your own to supplement licensed technician’s services. With proper care, you’ll have an HVAC system that truly lasts a lifetime!
Go Admiral specializes in HVAC systems and improving your overall air quality. We serve communities all over the Greater Houston area. So no matter where you are, you can trust our services are the best around.
It is important that you always have a working heating system so that you and the ones important to you can stay warm during the winter months. We staff top-of-the-line trained technicians and specialists who know how to get the job done right each and every time. If you need a new heating system, Go Admiral is the one to call! There is no job too big for us.
Give our team a call today at (281) 876-9400, and from there, you can receive a free service and repair at no cost to you initially. We are only a call away, so never hesitate to reach out and learn why we’re the absolute best team around town! Go Admiral is your best possible option to choose from when you need to keep your home warm for the winter.