Friday, December 5, 2014
When it comes to heating your home, you may not realize how many options you really have. Not every type of heating system is ideal for every type of home in the Washington, DC and Northern Virginia area, and some are certainly better in certain circumstances than others. That’s why the experts at Polar Bear Air Conditioning are always on hand to answer your questions and guide you through the selection process.
We know that it can be pretty overwhelming to try and pick out a new heating system for your home. After all, this is a big investment and this isn’t the type of purchase you’re likely to make often. But with us, you don’t have to worry. We’ll break down the decision for you to show you how to find the right type and size of heating system to match both the dimensions of your home and your own particular household heating needs.
An easy way take advantage of the heat from the sun is the leave the curtains on your south–facing windows open during the day. This will allow sunlight to heat your home and also provide some natural illumination, helping you reduce your energy consumption. However, remember to close the curtains at night to insulate against the outside air. During the summer, keep your curtains closed during the day to help keep your home cool.
All Heating Services
No job is too big or too small, and our technicians have extensive experience working with all types of home heating systems. We do full new installations, including installing heating systems in new construction homes.
In addition, our technicians can perform regular maintenance and all manner of repairs on any type of heating system whether we did the original installation or not. If you’re looking for someone to take over the annual maintenance for your heating system, you’ve come to the right place.
Types of Heating Systems
We work with all types of heating systems. If you’re looking to have something installed, we’ll help you choose from the assortment of quality products we offer for installation. For some of our customers, having a gas furnace makes the most sense. For others, a heat pump forced air heating system combined with an air conditioning system is the best way to go.
We offer all of these products and our expert installers and technicians can get them in place safely and efficiently. Their experience and training in the field is extensive and you can be sure that when one of our installers completes a project, it’s done right.
Selecting the Right Heater
When you’re trying to decide on a home heating system, one of the toughest parts of the decision can be deciphering some of the information and statistics you’ll read about each system. For instance, all furnaces have what’s known as an AFUE rating. This figure refers to the overall energy efficiency of the furnace and is typically in the range of 80–90+%.
The higher the number, of course, the more energy efficient the furnace and that probably sounds pretty good to you. After all, who doesn’t want to save on their energy bills every month? But when it comes to selecting a furnace, there are other factors to consider besides the AFUE rating that can impact the type of furnace that is actually the best choice for you financially.
That’s because furnaces with a rating of 90% or higher typically cost a good deal more than their 80% counterparts. And an 80% AFUE still means the furnace is pretty energy efficient. In fact, you’d have to use your furnace quite a bit if you want to make up for the higher purchase price of the more energy efficient 90+% AFUE furnace.
When you come to Polar Bear for your heating needs, we’ll help you evaluate all of your options and find the best system for you and your family. Don’t hesitate to give us a call today. We’re always happy to hear from all of our neighbors in the Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia area.