Of the different kinds of heating systems available, which is best for you? At Bryans United Air Conditioning, we want our customers in Laplace, Louisiana, to feel confident in the choices they make for their home heating needs. Let’s take a look at some of the heating systems available and some maintenance tasks required for each.
Furnaces and boilers can both use oil as their source of fuel. While a furnace works by distributing heated air through ducts, boilers use pumps to distribute heat via hot water, which generally gives up the heat as it passes through radiators.
Electric Space Heaters
Though inexpensive to purchase, electric space heaters are expensive to run consistently. Operating much like a toaster, electric heaters convert electricity from the socket on the wall directly into heat. Keep in mind that it generally takes much more electricity to provide the same amount of heat that oil can provide.
A heat pump is basically a two-way air conditioner and heater. In the winter, a heat pump finds warm air from outside and distributes it via an electrical system to the inside of the home. Of the two types of heat pumps, ground-source units are generally more efficient than air-source heat pumps.
DIY Maintenance Tips
Maintenance precautions that are easy and apply to all types of heating systems include:
- Double-checking the battery for your carbon monoxide detector each year.
- Regularly remove debris such as leaves or twigs from heating pumps.
- Replacing your filter every other or month or so. Be sure to check it on a monthly basis.
Maintenance Best Left to the Professionals
It is best to bring in a reputable HVAC company at least once a year. Whether your condenser coil needs cleaning, or your service valves need inspecting, it is important to get the right help for the job.
In addition, whenever live wires are involved, be sure to hire a professional for your own safety.
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