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Explore Your Heating Options

cold-couple-on-couchYou may not be ready to fully embrace it, but the fact of the matter is that winter is heading our way once more. We’re willing to bet that you’ve already put your heating system back into rotation, even if it isn’t running all day and night quite yet. If you don’t like what you’re experiencing, or if you know that your heater just does not have another season left in it, contact us for your heating replacement in Alexandria, VA.

Just keep in mind that this is not the type of service you should rush into. Just because you have an existing heating system does not mean that you have to continue to use that same type of heating system, after all. If you are serious about enjoying 100% satisfaction with the way in which you heat your home, you need to choose your new heater carefully. We’re here to give you a rundown on your options so that you can do just that.

Types of Heaters to Consider

No, really, this is not a decision to rush into. There are a lot of different types of heaters out there, and choosing the wrong heater can leave you with years of disappointment and dissatisfaction ahead, even if your poorly chosen heater does a decent job of heating your home. How so? Because your heater needs to do more than just fit your home. It needs to suit your personal user preferences, as well.

  • Boilers. Okay, so boilers are admittedly best installed at the time of construction. They’re not impossible to install in existing homes, of course, but it is a pretty big job. This is due to the same thing that makes the boiler so enticing—its method of heat distribution. Boilers may use radiators to circulate hot water throughout the house and may use baseboards, too. The preferred method of most boiler users, however, is to use a hydronic, in-floor system that heats the house efficiently from the floor on up.
  • Furnaces. The most popular of all home heating systems is the furnace. Especially the gas furnace, as they are cheaper to run than their electric counterparts. Using a furnace means that you can distribute heated air throughout your home via a system of ductwork, allowing for prompt and effective heating. The furnace can also share ductwork with your air conditioner.
  • Heat Pumps. The heat pump acts like an air conditioner in reverse, which means that it can both heat and cool your home. In the summer it removes heat from the air in the house just like a central AC. In the winter, that process is reversed so that the system can take heat out of the air outside, compress the refrigerant to boost its thermal energy, and then use that thermal energy in order to heat homes efficiently.
  • Ductless Mini Splits. Ductless mini splits are heat pumps with one major tweak to their design—can you guess what it is? They don’t use ductwork, of course! By eliminating the need for ductwork, these systems are incredibly convenient to install in existing properties. They also eliminate the risk of inefficiency caused by leaky ducts.

Schedule your heating services with Polar Bear Air Conditioning & Heating Inc.


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