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Floridians usually don’t need much help staying warm, but temperatures can drop drastically in the winter months from our typical summer Florida temperatures, so while heat in residential or commercial spaces might not be thought of as a necessity, you will find yourself in chilly situations more than you think! Regular heater repair and troubleshooting can actually lengthen the life of your precious HVAC system.
The heat strip is the unit that converts your AC into a heater for winter months. Using heat strips can save you the added expense of installing a gas furnace that will be idle most of the time. The sizes of heat strips can range, so R & A can help evaluate your need. Heat strips are installed with a heater kit, which is a device that allows you to attach a heating unit to the HVAC air flow section. The kit also makes it possible for the heating element to connect so the air conditioner can perform the function of a heater.
A heat pump is essentially an air conditioner that reverses the normal cycle of a cooling system. The heat pump circulates heat throughout your home or office during winter, but pulls it out of the building during summer. Homeowners can save money by installing a heat pump to handle both heating and cooling instead of buying separate systems. For homes located in places where the temperature does not drop below 30 degrees Fahrenheit, the heat pump will adequate warm your home or office. However, to combat lower temperatures, an air handler that will provide additional electric heat or a gas furnace will be required to heat up the home.
One benefit of a heat pump is that it is energy efficient; it consumes less electrical energy than an air handler or electric furnace. A heat pump is recommended for Florida homes that are located on a latitude that is faced with only a moderate winter climate. R & A has the thermal comfort of Florida homeowners covered. Schedule an appointment with one of our HVAC experts today to find out the health of your heating and cooling system!
There are several types of heating systems that can be used to keep your Florida home warm in the winter. While furnaces are popular, heat pumps can be just as, if not more, appropriate for many homes or offices. Typically, furnaces last 15 – 20 years. A furnace that is older than 15 years might be expensive to repair and you might consider replacing it, in view of the repair costs compared to the costs of a new installation, and the money to be saved in thermal energy costs with a new system. If you’d like to learn more about heater repair, consult R & A today. We will answer all of your questions and assist you in making the best HVAC decision for your home.
Gas furnaces are the most common type of heating system in the United States because they have low operation cost. Where natural gas is unavailable, electric furnaces are often a popular alternative even though their operation costs are higher. Oil furnaces require you to have fuel on-hand, but is another option when natural gas is unavailable.
Air-source heat pumps move heat (like an air conditioner) rather than generating it from a fuel source. heat pumps can also operate as air conditioners. They are most efficient in mild climates, like Florida, where the it rarely drops below freezing temperatures. Thermal heat pumps (also called, geothermal heat pumps) are typically the most expensive heater replacement to install, but they are remarkably energy efficient, and environmentally friendly because it heats your home or office by transferring energy from the earth. Like air-source heat pumps, geothermal systems can both heat and cool your home.
There are enormous benefits of choosing an energy efficient heater replacement. Energy efficient heaters help keep energy costs low. Heating accounts for at least 50% of your energy bills in during winter months, so while a more efficient heater costs more upfront, the resulting savings are often well worth the investment. Another benefit to replacing your current system with a more energy efficient heating system is the advanced features that allow a heater replacement to perform more efficiently, keeping your home more comfortable during winter months, with even temperatures throughout your home or office, and fewer drafts. When you need residential heating repair or replacement, call the experts at R & A!
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If you are looking for Heater Repair services in Central Florida or North Florida, our trained technicians are just a phone call away! R&A is the “Reliable & Affordable” Company in Florida! Our Belleview office services Lake, Marion, and Sumter counties, including The Villages. Our Oviedo office services all of Orange, Seminole, Osceola, and portions of Volusia & Brevard counties including Orlando.
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