Which Heating System is Best for Your Home?
Winter is here again and most homeowners are looking for ways to get proper heating and cooling systems for their homes. This requires them going through several options and if care is not taken, they may make an uninformed decision.
In this post, we have selected the best heating and cooling systems for your home in Prescott or Chino Valley. Including the pros and cons of each heating and cooling system, so you can enjoy the warmth you deserve this winter.
1. Forced Air Systems
The forced-air heating system is the most common heating system in most residential properties. It is also commonly found in retail stores and large properties. Having been heated in a furnace, the air is forced through ducts to the various air inlets and registers. The system may be powered by electricity, natural gas, propane, or even fuel oil. The ducts are installed in the walls of the property or home. The life expectancy of the system is about 15-20 years
- The air is filtered and the filtration system can be easily upgraded
- Ideal for cooling the whole houseThe air is naturally dehumidified, which makes it good for winter and fall
- Compatible with programmable and smart thermostats
- Somewhat expensive installation
- It requires professional installationIt requires ductwork to function
- The duct must be sealed and cleaned at least once every 5 yearsThe operation may be noisy
2. Electric Heating Systems.
This is the type of heating system that is common in households in Prescott Valley where there is little access to natural gas, propane or oil –because the fuel this runs on is electricity. This system is controlled by one or multiple thermostats. You can easily use this during winter or fall provided there is electricity. The life expectancy of the electric heating system is 20 years.
- It is simple and reliable
- The installation is quite easyThe maintenance requirement is low
- There are no dangerous byproducts or emissions
- The running cost may be on the high, as well as expensive repairs
- A power outage means there will be no heat in the homeIt is not efficient to heat large rooms
- The system may struggle in places where there are low temperatures - which is not too good for the winter months
3. Geothermal Heating Systems
This is a very good option for homes requiring a heating system that is energy efficient. The heat consumed by the unit is extracted from the ground and the system uses water from underground wells. The system consumes little energy and is an excellent option to reduce bills during winter. The life expectancy of the geothermal heating system is between 25 to 50 years
- The system can heat or cool your living space, depending on what you want
- It is clean and renewable
- It is very efficientIt has an excellent life expectancy
- Low maintenance cost
- Low noise issues
- It can be expensive to install
- Existing infrastructure is required for the system to work
- It is expensive to maintain
4. Radiant Heating Systems
Homes and buildings with boilers can easily use radiant heating systems. The water is first heated in a boiler and then passes through the pipes installed under the floor to distribute the heat. The heat then radiates through the floor to all the rooms of the house or property. The fuel powering the boiler can be fuel oil, electricity, propane, or natural gas. The life expectancy of this system is at least 14-15 years.
- It guarantees comfort
- It is economicalYou are assured of a quiet systemIt runs cleanly
- No ductwork is needed
- Maintenance cost is low
- High installation cost
- May need professionals to setup
5. Heat Pump
The heat pumps work by transferring cold and warm air. During the period when the system is heating the air, heat is brought from outside into the home, and the reverse is the case when cooling the home. The life expectancy of the Heat Pump is at least 15 years.
- All year round heating or cooling of the home
- Since it relies on the natural climate, it is an efficient optionIt is eco-friendly
- It is odorless, clean, and quiet
- No combustion, so there is very little to no fire risk
- Expensive to install
- Success depends on the location and climate of your home
- If it is exposed to freezing temperatures for a long period, the unit may be affected, causing reduced efficiency
6. Ductless, Mini-Splits
With this system, a condenser or compressor is located outside the home, and an indoor air-handling unit is installed inside the home. The components are all connected through a conduit, which runs on electricity. The conduit consists of a refrigerant, power cable, suction tube, condensate drain, and a thermostat. The life expectancy of the ductless, mini-splits is at least 20 years.
- It is small and suitable for zoning
- It offers easy cooling and is good for the heating of individual rooms
- It is energy efficient It works silently, so you enjoy your winter silently
- It is easy to install
- It is expensive to install If not properly done, there may be short cycling and wastage of energy
- When the system needs to be repaired, the parts may not be easy to find
One of the best ways to get the most our of your heating and cooling system is to consult professionals, such as the ones at Chino Heating and Cooling. If you have questions regarding which system makes the most sense for your unique home, our experts can help you make the best decision, install your system, and maintain the unit for peak performance. Reach out to us today!