Many homes utilize gas as the primary source of heat during winter. Gas furnaces offer efficiency but often there are still “cold spots” in your home where additional heat may be required. Adding electric heat is easy and you may want to consider the below options as an alternative to expanding your current HVAC system.
1. Baseboard Heaters
Baseboard heaters are a popular choice due to their simplicity, cost-effectiveness, and ease of installation. When it comes to energy efficiency, baseboard heaters have some advantages and limitations. On the one hand, they do not suffer from the same energy losses associated with ductwork that forced-air systems do. However, baseboard heaters can be less efficient than other heating options because they rely on convection currents to circulate warm air throughout the room. The installation process for baseboard heaters is relatively straightforward. It involves mounting the units along the baseboards of each room and connecting them to an electrical power source. The heaters typically come with built-in thermostats or can be operated using a central thermostat system. It is important to ensure proper spacing between furniture and curtains since obstructing airflow around the heater might affect its performance negatively.
2. Radiant Floor Heating
Radiant heating is a form of electric heating that utilizes the transfer of heat directly from a warm surface to objects and people within a room. Electric radiant heating systems typically consist of an electrical resistance element, such as a cable or mat, which generates heat when electricity flows through it. These systems are often controlled by thermostats that regulate the temperature based on user preferences. Floor heat is an excellent alternative as it provides uniform and consistent heat distribution throughout the space, eliminating cold spots commonly found with traditional forced-air systems. Since it operates silently and does not rely on blowing air, it reduces dust circulation and allergens in the environment. Radiant heating is energy-efficient because it doesn’t experience significant heat loss through ducts or vents like other forms of central heating.
3.Inverter Heat Pump
The inverter heat pump utilizes advanced technology to efficiently transfer heat from the outside air to warm the interior space, providing an effective and eco-friendly solution for maintaining thermal comfort. Inverter heat pump installation involves the integration of a variable speed compressor and inverter technology, allowing for precise control over energy consumption and temperature regulation. This technology enables the heat pump to adjust its speed based on real-time heating demands, resulting in significant energy savings compared to non-inverter models.
Inverter heat pumps can provide both heating and cooling capabilities, making them versatile solutions for year-round climate control.
4. Electric Furnaces
Electric furnace installation is not a do-it-yourself task and it requires help from a licensed electrician to connect the unit to the power source, and ensure proper ventilation. Regular maintenance is essential for efficient operation and longevity of an electric furnace. This includes cleaning or replacing filters, inspecting electrical connections, and verifying that all safety features are functioning correctly.
Electric heating options offer a variety of choices for homeowners seeking energy-efficient and comfortable heating solutions. Eco-friendly and quiet, electric heat is a great alternative to a gas furnace. Consider the best fit for your space before investing in a new heating system for your home.
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