We may have mild winters in North Texas, but it still gets cold. From fall through early spring, a heater is a useful device for staying comfortable. However, we don’t always need a heater running at max capacity. In our region, we have several options for heating your Texas home: furnaces, heat pumps, and hybrids. Today, we help you figure out which you need for your home and why.
Furnaces are extremely useful if you need to generate a powerful degree of heat blowing through your ducts to keep you toasty warm all winter long.
But in Texas, we don’t usually have winters that warrant this powerful of a heating appliance all the time. We certainly have days and nights that dip towards freezing temperatures, but many days don’t require a furnace running on high, which is the only setting on typical units.
If you do choose a furnace, we recommend you get one with a variable speed motor. During mild temperatures, your furnace can run on a lower setting, using less energy. On days when it’s too cold to function, kick it up to a high speed.
Heat pumps were designed for use in the southern states. Popular among many Texans, the heat pump can function as both a heating and cooling system. They operate by either pulling heat from the air or emitting heat into the air. Heat pumps are also at their most efficient in mild weather, making it ideal for most of our winter months.
However, a heat pump can lose efficiency during the coldest days of winter. When the temps drop near freezing, the air does not have enough heat left to create the heat exchange. At this point, the pump switches to electricity to heat the air. The heat pump will not fail you in freezing temperatures – you’ll just notice an increase in monthly bills.
For some, a hybrid is the answer. Featuring both a heat pump and furnace, hybrids also come with a smart thermostat that helps control the whole system.
Using a hybrid, your heat pump will hum along during the winter until its efficiency drops. At that point, the smart thermostat plays its part by automatically flicking on the furnace heat. Some hybrid systems also feature variable speed motors and energy-efficiency options to help you stay comfortable without any hassle.
The only downside to hybrid heat is its cost. More expensive than any heat pump or furnace, you’re paying for the combination of the two units, plus the smart tech. Another option is to start with a heat pump, upgrade to a start thermostat later, and add a furnace in the future if you feel it would be in your best interest.
Efficiently heating your Texas home can be confusing. After reading this simple guide, feel free to contact us at Gorman Mechanical so we can help you choose an HVAC system to keep you, your family, and your budget comfortable.
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