What Heating System Is Right for Your Terre Haute Home?

What Heating System Is Right for Your Terre Haute Home?Your new heating system will probably consume more energy than the air conditioner that kept you cool during the summer. Winter heating and lighting generally account for 60 percent of home energy consumption. Today’s new furnaces have a long expected service life, too, so you’ll be spending a lot of winters with whatever decision you make. Here are some guidelines for selecting an efficient, effective home heating system:

  • Heating efficiency is ranked by a furnace or boiler’s Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) percentage. That’s a percentage that expresses the amount of fuel consumed by the heater that actually produces measurable heat versus the percentage lost in the combustion and venting process.
  •  Gas-fired furnaces now heat 61 percent of American homes. The decreasing price of natural gas plus the climbing cost of alternatives like electricity and fuel oil make gas an attractive choice. A gas furnace requires natural gas pipes plumbed to the installation site as well as venting through the roof or an exterior wall. High-efficiency models also need a drain to dispose of condensate water. Standard efficiency gas furnaces must have an AFUE of 78 percent. High-efficiency furnaces that recover heat from vented combustion gases have an AFUE of more than 90.
  •  Electric furnaces use electric resistance coils that glow red hot to produce heat. Because there’s no combustion involved, electric furnaces typically have 100 percent AFUE ratings. However, the substantially higher cost of electricity makes them more expensive to operate in most parts of the country than an equivalent gas furnace.
  • An air source heat pump extracts latent outdoor heat, concentrates it, then moves it indoors to warm the home. Because there’s no combustion, a heat pump is highly efficient. In addition, during summer the heat pump functions as an air conditioner. Current heat pump technology requires a supplemental electric or gas heat source when outdoor temperatures decline below freezing for extended periods, however. This may noticeably increase operating costs in locales where temperatures frequently drop that low.

Ask the professionals at Paitson Bros. Heating and Air Conditioning. about a new heating system for your home. We’ve kept Wabash Valley households warm through every winter since 1922.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Terre Haute, Indiana about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about heating systems and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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