Even though winters in Southport NC are rather mild, comparing to other parts of the country, the temperatures still drop below freezing during the colder months so a reliable heating source becomes crucial. Homeowners can sometimes get overwhelmed with a variety of heating systems available on the market. No matter if you’re building a new home or thinking about replacing your old heating system our professionals at A+ Heating & Cooling – Electrical can help you find the best solution for your house.
The first step to determine the best heating system for your house is to consider your location. If you live in Southport NC you don’t need a robust heating system which is necessary in northern parts of the country. In our local area winters are shorter and less severe so a smaller, highly efficient heating source is a smarter choice. Another thing to consider is how much space you have. Ground-source heat pumps are very efficient but require significant amount of space outside since they need to be buried in the ground. Last but not least, check what fuel options are available in your neighborhood. The common fuels used by heating appliances are natural gas, heating oil, electricity and propane.
Common Heating Systems in Southport NC
A furnace is a heating appliance which generates heat on its own with the help of a variety of fuels, such as natural gas, propane, oil or electricity. The heat from a furnace is carried to every part of the house through ductwork and registers. The biggest advantage of owning a furnace is that you can heat up your home no matter what the temperature is outside. If you are one of those people who likes to keep their home toasty warm you would definitely appreciate a furnace. Furnaces also come with a much lower price tag than heat pumps.
The problem with a furnace is the price of the fuel. If you live in places like Minnesota or Montana the high cost of heating fuel comes with being a resident of these parts and there is a little choice in the matter. However, if you live in Southport NC, owning and operating a furnace may be an unnecessary cost and you should reconsider your options. The costs also vary depending on the type of fuel you’re planning to use. If your furnace runs on propane, oil or electricity you may be spending thousands of dollars each winter. However, you may want to check if natural gas is available in your neighborhood. In many cases, a gas furnace will a be much cheaper heating alternative.
Contrary to furnaces, a heat pump does not generate its own heat but rather transfers the heat from one area to another. In the summer, a heat pump takes the heat from inside your house and carries it outside. In winter, it works in the exact opposite way. Heat pumps are considered highly energy efficient with some models being more efficient than others depending on their SEER (Season Energy Efficiency Ratio) value. Additionally, heat pumps are more environmentally friendly because they don’t burn any fossil fuels.
Heat pumps are a recommended heating system for our area because of the type of weather we experience. However, a homeowner needs to be aware that when the temperature outside drops below 40 degrees Fahrenheit heating with a heat pump gets quite expensive because, since there is not much heat to be pulled from the outside, the appliance needs to rely on built-in electrical strips. It’s also worth mentioning, the average lifespan of a heat pump is 10-15 years since, unlike a furnace, the unit runs almost constantly all year long.
Renewable Energy Heating Systems
Heat pumps and furnaces are the most common heating systems in our area. However, it is worth it to mention the most energy efficient and cheapest heating system is one which runs on the sun. Residents of North Carolina can definitely look into using a solar heating system since we enjoy an abundance of sunshine all year long with relatively mild winters.
Solar hot air systems rely on collectors which are mounted on the sunniest, south-facing walls of a home. Inside a collector there is a temperature sensor which monitors the internal temperature. The collector is heated by the sun and when the temperature inside reaches 110 degrees Fahrenheit the sensor sends a signal to the thermostat inside the house. If the temperature inside is below the one set on the thermostat a fan turns on which pulls cool air from a room into the collector. Inside the collector the air is heated and pushed back into the room. When the temperature inside reaches the desired setting the fan turns off.
Naturally, a solar hot air heating system won’t operate during the night. However, a lot of the heat is absorbed by the building’s thermal mass which radiates into the rooms during the night.
Our heating systems specialists at A+ Heating & Cooling – Electrical will be happy to help you determine the best HVAC system for your house and your lifestyle. Call A+ Heating, Cooling & Electrical in Southport NC today at 910-363-0440, or contact us now and someone will contact you as quickly as possible to answer any questions you may have about heating your Southport NC home.