It can get chilly even here in Houston, so you'll want to prepare for those low temperatures with an appropriate heating system. The conventional furnace isn’t the only option. Check out these alternative systems that will keep you just as comfortable while reducing heating costs.
Geothermal Heat Pumps
Air-source heat pumps use outdoor air as a heat source, which means their efficiency will waver based on temperatures outside. On the other hand, geothermal heat pumps rely on underground temperatures, which remain at a steady 50 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit year-round. They only need to go a few feet below the ground to tap into this constant heat source.
The result is greater energy efficiency: 300% to 600% for geothermal heat pumps compared to the 175% to 200% for traditional heat pumps. Geothermal heat pumps are also quieter and much more durable, lasting well over 20 years.
You can avoid the energy loss that comes with heating your home through ductwork if you choose radiant heating systems. These systems are usually installed under the floor and can be retrofitted onto existing homes. You can choose between an electric radiant system or a hydronic radiant system, which is liquid-based and can save even more money on your electricity bills.
Hybrid Heating Systems
Also known as dual-fuel systems, these combine a heat pump (either air-source or geothermal) with a furnace. The furnace acts as a back-up for when the temperatures drop below freezing, but in the meantime, you'll use the more energy-efficient of the two units. This leads to long-term savings.
You might think solar heating is outside your budget, but it has become more affordable in recent years. You may need a back-up system, of course, but solar heating systems can provide a return on investment in as little as three to five years.
For all of your heating and cooling needs, contact Spring Branch AC at (713) 999-6411.