No matter how well you take care of your heating system, there will come a time when you’ll have to replace it. Considering that a well maintained system can last up to a couple of decades, though, chances are good that some new options have become available in the years since you were last looking. So, what options are available for your new home heating system? Let’s take a look.
Heat pumps are a unique option for home heating systems, in that they aren’t a combustion-based system. Instead of burning fuel to create heat, heat pumps work by moving heat from one place to another. Each heat pump system includes an outdoor unit, which siphons thermal energy from the air around it. Once that’s done, it sends the thermal energy inside through a refrigerant line to the interior unit of the heat pump. The interior unit then releases that thermal energy to heat the air.
Heat pumps are extremely energy efficient, needing only electricity to operate. As such, you should notice a substantial drop in your heating bill after installing one. The tradeoff for this energy efficiency is that the heat pump has to rely on the air around it to provide enough heat. This isn’t normally a problem, even in cold environments. In areas where the temperature can drop to below 0 degrees Fahrenheit, however, a heat pump might not be the best option.
A ductless mini-split is essentially a heat pump, but is limited to one room instead of servicing a whole house. Now, you might wonder why anyone would want a heating system that doesn’t serve the whole house. The answer to that question is two-fold: versatility and efficiency. Installing a ductless mini-split in each room allows each person in the house to set their own temperature, which is a big plus.
Ductless systems are also efficient, in that they don’t lose any of their heat to duct leaks. Systems that use ducts, on the other hand, can lose up to 30% of their heat to duct leaks.
If you’d like to know more, call JW Heating and Air. We provide heating installation services throughout Los Angeles.