November 15, 2018
You don’t need us to tell you; no two homes are exactly alike. And though California’s East Bay may have a milder climate, the fall and winter can still get bitter cold as we approach another winter. Finding the right kind of heating strategy for your home is pivotal to maintaining a comfortable home until the sun is back in full force come spring.
So, what are the best heating strategies for your specific home needs? The experienced home heating and cooling specialists at Hassler have got the answers you’ve been looking for.
Benefit From the Right Home Heating System
To the naive homeowner, any old heating system will do, as long as it gets hot. But if you’ve ever had to pay a year's worth or electricity and gas bills here in California, you know it’s no picnic. And if you are currently dealing with an ineffective heating system in your own home, you may already be huddled on the couch with a blanket wondering why your thermostat just can’t seem to catch up to the temperature you’ve set it to.
Whether you are replacing an old furnace, installing a system in a new home, or just looking for ways to supplement your current system, there are many benefits to choosing the heating system that best fits your home and your home heating goals. These benefits include:
Reduced monthly home heating costs
Greater home energy conservation
Reliable home heat
Extended life expectancy of your heating equipment
Gas furnaces have been the most popular home heating solution for many years. These forced air systems create heat using natural gas and a pilot light—then push that air through the ductwork in your home. They are usually installed in basements and closets, out of sight.
What Type of Home Should Use A Gas Furnace?
Gas furnaces are best for larger homes that already have natural gas pipelines and ductwork. Ductwork does have a tendency to develop leaks, which can greatly reduce the efficiency and effectiveness of your furnace; so it’s important to make sure that your ductwork stays properly sealed. In addition, you must ensure that your furnace is properly ventilated to keep harmful combustion byproducts (like carbon monoxide) to a minimum.
Direct Vent Heaters
A direct vent heater, or a wall heater, is a very localised home heating solution. It is installed directly in the room that requires heat and vents out of the side of your home, as opposed to through the roof (which is made impossible by certain home designs).
What Type of Home Should Use A Direct Vent Heater?
Smaller homes and recent additions to a home that cannot access existing ductwork are most ideal for direct vent or wall heaters.
Ductless Mini Splits
As frustrations with the inefficiencies of traditional ductwork have grown over the last decade, ductless mini splits have emerged as the go-to solution for energy conservation and year round heating and cooling. Ductless mini splits consist of an outdoor compressor and condenser unit, and an indoor air regulator. The two parts are connected using refrigerant line, removing any inefficiencies that is inherent in ductwork. Mini splits use significantly less energy by moving heat instead of creating it.
What Type of Home Should Use Ductless Mini Splits?
Similar to direct vent heaters, smaller homes or homes with a recent addition in need of heat are best for ductless mini splits. Ductless mini splits can be used as a heating and cooling solution for a single room, or you can combine one outdoor unit with multiple indoor units for a whole home solution.
A Custom Home Heating Approach with Hassler
If you live in Richmond, Alameda, Berkeley, Oakland, Lafayette, Orinda, San Rafael, or anywhere else in Contra Costa or Marin Counties, Hassler has the local expertise you need to find the perfect home heating solution for your home. From gas furnaces to mini splits, we install, maintain and service your home heating appliances so you don’t have to worry about high energy bills or unexpected and costly furnace breakdowns. Experience the Hassler Difference today!