Heating & Air Services In Menifee

What Types of Heaters are the Most Energy Efficient?

Even in more moderate climates, there are times of the year when our heating systems play a crucial role in home livability and comfort. In areas where winters are are short and mild, forced-air systems are the ideal heating appliance.

Which Heating Systems are the Most Energy Efficient?

The two best types are heat pumps and natural gas or natural gas furnaces. Both kinds are easy to install, are relatively affordable and offer solid energy efficiency.

  • Heat Pumps - If you want simplicity and energy efficiency, consider a heat pump. It’s the perfect solution for home heating in milder climates since temperatures rarely go below freezing. Heat pumps work just like air conditioners except that they use a reversing valve. This valve changes the flow of heat from summer to winter. When you have a heat pump, you also have a whole-house air conditioning system.

    In the cooling mode, the heat pump uses the refrigerant to absorb the heat from your home and take it outside. In the winter, the cycle reverses. The refrigerant absorbs the outdoor heat and brings it inside. Since it doesn’t use any fuel other than electricity, it’s a safe way to provide indoor warmth.
  • Natural Gas Furnaces - Next to heat pumps, gas furnaces are the best heating options in climates with milder winters. They’re normally part of a split HVAC system where the air handler sits inside and the AC’s condenser is outside on the roof or the ground. The components for the furnace share the air handler with the AC.

    Gas furnaces provide the same amount of heated air regardless of the weather. Less efficient heat pumps struggle to provide enough heat when temperatures fall below freezing. If you have a family member who wants or needs consistently warm air during the winter, a furnace might be the most sensible choice. The price of gas is presently low, which makes gas heating an exceptionally affordable way to heat your home.

Which Heating System is Better?

Although heat pumps and natural gas furnaces both offer a lot in terms of energy efficiency, gas furnaces have more drawbacks:

  • They use gas, which is a combustible fuel. Not only does it explode, but its unburned fumes are toxic.

  • Gas is a source of carbon monoxide, while heat pumps are not.

  • Running a gas line just for heating to your home can be expensive initially. Once established, you’ll have to pay service fees for an appliance you are unlikely to use most of the year.

Energy Efficiency of Heat Pumps and Gas Furnaces

The U.S. Department of Energy mandates energy efficiency standards for all HVAC equipment. The minimum ratings for heat pumps presently stand at 14 SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio), 12.2 EER (energy efficiency ratio) and an 8.2 HSPF (heating season performance factor). You’ll find these ratings on the packaging for the heat pump as well as the appliance itself.

Furnaces must have an annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) rating of 80. This means that the furnace utilizes 80 percent of the gas it uses to heat versus what goes up the chimney. Gas furnaces can reach efficiencies in the 90s. These systems are called condensing furnaces because they extract nearly all the heat from the exhaust gases that furnaces create.

What Efficiency Means

Efficiency ratings are fairly technical, but they all indicate how well each model that manufacturers make use energy. Regardless of the rating, higher numbers are always better. While the ratings are accurate, the reality of how the appliance lives up to it depends on other variables like how well the system was installed and the energy efficiency of your home.

The best way to go about choosing a heating system for your Menifee home is to work with a technician from Priority One, Inc. We can help you choose the right system for your home and make sure you get the best efficiency it offers.

If you are interested in installing an energy efficient heating system in Meniffe, call Priority One, Inc. at (951) 319-2616 today or contact us online!