The temperatures we’ve been experiencing as of late have left many to wonder, “Is it really fall?” Soon enough it will be winter and the chilly temperatures will be an everyday occurrence. Is your Scottsdale heating system prepared to handle extended periods of use? Whether your furnace or heat pump is on its last leg, or just isn’t delivering the energy efficient results you expect, an upgrade may be a good idea. In fact, you can save money on monthly heating costs and benefit from improved indoor comfort.

But, what system type is right for your home?

Furnace

How does it work?

A furnace uses some type of fuel, most often gas or oil, to produce heat within the furnace’s burner. Once the heat exchanger is fully heated, the blower disperses the heat through your air vents.

How efficient is it?

Furnace efficiency is measured by Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE). The higher the AFUE percentage, the greater the level of efficiency a system has. Gas furnaces tend to be more efficient than oil furnaces, although Trane offers models ranging from 82.7-96.7% AFUE.

Heat Pump

How does it work?

Rather than burning fuel to produce heat, a heat pump simply takes heat from the air and uses electricity to pump it from location to location. In the summer it works reversely to pump hot indoor air to the outside to cool your home, and ultimately replaces your air conditioner.

How efficient is it?

Heat pumps typically have higher efficiency levels than furnaces, which are measured by the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF). A higher factor equates to higher energy efficiency. Trane systems offer efficiencies as high as 9.2 HSPF.

Now is a great time to replace your system, before the peak of the heating season arrives. Your Phoenix heating and air repair company will gladly help you evaluate your system options and choose one that is best for your needs. Call Howard Air today to request a system quote!