HVAC Companies San Francisco – Which Heating System Is Best For You?


Do you actually understand how your home is heated? The majority of people don’t even think about this. After all, they’ve got a very handy thermostat to control their inside temperature for optimal comfort. Due to rising fuel costs, though, homeowners have grown to be more mindful of their heating and cooling system and wonder how they can spend less on their energy bill. If this sounds like your present situation, be glad to know that it is possible to reduce your energy bills. With rising fuel/energy costs in the San Francisco Bay Area, I think we can all breathe a sigh of relief knowing that!

Besides having a professional San Francisco HVAC expert inspect your house for noticeable leaks in energy (weatherproofing, sealing cracks, etc.), you could get yourself an energy-efficient home heating system. If your present system is outdated, it is really not operating at maximum efficiency, particularly since heating technology has advanced significantly in the past few years. The most energy-efficient heating systems can be obtained by using radiant heat, solar heat, furnaces, heat pumps, boilers, forced air heating or hydroid heating. Basically, you need to select a system that not only runs easily, but will also help you save money on your energy bill. The following is a list of the different types of common heating systems.

A heat pump is a standard system that is energy-efficient and will also provide a dual purpose function as an air conditioner. Heat pumps use electricity but use less energy than other electric appliances. This is due to the pump’s ability to draw heat from the air and its surroundings and transport it into the home.

Forced air heating is also identified as central heating, and it has a main chamber called the “furnace” which utilizes gas, electric, coal or oil to heat a metal inner compartment. Air is pressed through the compartment to heat it and then pushed by an electric powered fan through an air-duct system. Next, it’s transported to different rooms by way of vents in the ceiling. This approach is less energy-efficient when compared to other heating options, due to the fact that hot air rises and heat emanates from the vents in the ceiling. As a result, heat pushed through the vents doesn’t necessarily reach low enough to heat certain areas, creating drafts and cold spots, especially in homes with vaulted ceilings.

Radiant heating systems is perhaps the most efficient of all heating systems as radiant heating comes up from the floor, delivering warmth that rises to produce a comfortable environment. Somewhat costly for installation, warm water is circulated through tubing or electric cables located under the floor, emitting heat. It is a clean method to heat your home and may lower your energy bills by up to 40%.

If tubing circulating warm water is your desired method of radiant heat, a boiler will also be needed. The boiler heats the water that circulates throughout the tubing, and even through radiators located within baseboards.

Solar heating is yet another approach to heat your home, even though it is not as common or as accessible. Solar heating uses solar panel systems to capture the energy from the sun and convert it into heat for the home. Equipment and installation can be somewhat expensive; however, in the long run it pays for itself, saves money and is great for the environment.

Whether you are constructing a new home or remodeling, think about the various kinds of heating systems that are available. If you’re able to afford it, choose radiant or solar heating systems as they provide you with the cleanest, most efficient way to heat your home. Call your local San Francisco HVAC Company, Ortiz Heating & AC, at 650.758.4900 for more information.

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