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Upgrading The Heating in Your New Home

When you are searching for a new place to live, chances are, you search by the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the school district, proximity to town, square footage, and a host of other features. You might think to ask about the electric bill as an afterthought, which is fine but can also be a huge mistake.

Who wants to move into their dream home only to find out that the electric bills could be confused as a second mortgage!?Red roof with solar panels

This is why it’s important to consider the type of heating that you will use or purchase when you are attempting to move. We are going to discuss 3 of the most popular heating systems and how they work. Keep reading for more information.

Solar Panels Work in Almost Any Weather!

So you’re moving to an area that is often cloudy and doesn’t have a ton of direct sunlight.

That is actually quite alright because solar panels do not necessarily need a ton of direct light, instead, just to be situated where they get at least some.

Solar heating is a pretty great technology--its been around for years and has only progressively gotten better. Basically, solar heating uses the panels (AKA collectors) to collect the sun’s energy.

A heat-conducting liquid (think environmentally-friendly antifreeze) circulates between the panels and the warm water tank.

Once the panels are warmed to slightly higher temperatures than the water tank, a regulator switches the circulator pump on which will take the water from the panels to the tank where it is stored until needed.

Geothermal Heat Pumps: Not as Complicated as You Think

The word ‘geothermal’ breaks down into geo, meaning earth, and thermal, meaning warmth.

Basically, this technology allows us to use the earth’s warmth to heat the home. This happens by having water pipes buried underground that circulate water to collect heat.

This heat is then sent back to the home, transferred over to the air handler, and distributed for comfortable warmth.

This system is a bit pricey to install, but if you are buying a house that needs a heater, this would be the ideal time to implement it into your home!

Air Heat Pumps: Great For Mild Climates

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Air heat pumps work similarly to geothermal heat pumps. Instead of being underground, they are above it and instead of using water, they use an environmentally-friendly antifreeze.

Unfortunately, this option does not work well in temperatures lower than 25 degrees but can be easily supplemented with another form of heat. The bonus to this type of heating system is the fact that it can be reversed in the summer to cool your home.

Choosing The Best Fit

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Every home is different and every budget varies. The types of heat that are put out also can feel slightly different when dealing with three types of heating systems.

What truly matters is whether or not you’re happy with your choice. If you’re completely unsure, talk with a professional company like Sharp-Long 72 Degrees Air Conditioning and Heating! Also, if you enjoyed this blog, take a minute to share it!