A new, more efficient heater can pay for itself over time through energy savings. It can also increase the value of your Coral Gables, Florida, home. You should consider the AFUE or annual fuel utilization efficiency, as well as installation and maintenance costs. Common heaters nclude heat pumps, ductless systems, and gas furnaces.

Heat Pumps

Heat pumps transfer heat instead of producing it. They use coils filled with refrigerant to move heat into your home in winter. Heat pumps also move heat away in summer. They’re more expensive than heaters and separate air conditioners, but they use less space and last longer. They’re also quieter and more efficient. Since they can’t transfer heat well in frigid cold weather, many heat pumps use a backup electric heater. That way, they won’t waste energy.

Many types of heat pumps are available, including split systems with indoor and outdoor units, window units, and packaged systems. You can even choose a hybrid model with a heat pump and a backup electric or gas heat source. The backup heater comes on when the temperature falls below freezing because heat pumps aren’t as efficient in cold weather.

Ductless HVAC Systems

Like split systems, ductless systems have an outdoor unit and one or more indoor air handlers. Since a ductless system doesn’t require ducts, installing and maintaining your system will be easy. The indoor units can fit almost anywhere on walls or ceilings.

Gas Furnaces

Natural gas is inexpensive and widely available. You can also choose a propane heater. For the most energy savings, look for a two-stage or modulating furnace. A two-stage furnace has a lower setting to conserve fuel when possible. A modulating furnace uses sophisticated electronic controls to adjust the amount of gas getting to the burner and the speed of the fan precisely.

RCI Air Conditioning Company is a Trane Comfort Specialist and an Angie’s List Super Service Award Winner. We can help you choose the best, most efficient heating system for your home. For outstanding, reliable service, call us anytime at 305-307-5348.

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