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Best Heating Systems for Energy Efficiency

Oct 25, 2020

Now that we’re into the fall, it’s time to start seriously considering revamping your home’s heating system if you’re due for an upgrade. The last thing you want is for your current system to fail as we start moving toward the coldest months of the year. What are the best home heating system choices with energy efficiency in mind?

Heat Pumps

If energy efficiency is one of your top priorities, a heat pump will likely be the best choice for you. There are multiple types of heat pumps, but they all operate on the same principle: capture heat from a specified outdoor area and move it into your home. The best part? No fossil fuels are burned throughout this process. This keeps the cost of operation down and keeps pollutants out of the air. Let’s take a look at the two most popular heat pump alternatives:

  • Geothermal – These pumps source heat from pipes buried 6 to 8 feet underground. The initial investment for these systems might seem high, but homeowners are sure to enjoy massive savings on their monthly heating bill.
  • Air-Source – Air-source pumps simply draw in air from outside your home and compress it into liquid form. This process generates heat which is then circulated around the home.

Furnaces

While not as efficient as air pumps, modern furnaces have become a lot more efficient than dated models. The most common types of furnaces are gas, oil and electric. Each of these come with their own pros and cons, but you’ll want to pay close attention to the AFUE rating when selecting any furnace. If you want a highly energy efficient system, be sure to select a furnace with a rating of 90 percent or higher. A system with a rating of 90 converts 90% of the fuel to heat and only loses 10% through exhaust or leakage.

Boilers

Boiler efficiency has come a long way as well. While furnaces and heat pumps are generally more energy efficient, there are still boilers on the market that deliver AFUE ratings of over 90%. If you opt for a boiler system for your next upgrade, we recommend considering a condensing boiler. Condensing boilers use multiple heat exchangers in an effort to harness heat from exhaust before it is vented outside. This saves you money and can ramp the AFUE rating up to 95%.

Rely on Will Air for Your Heating System Upgrade

Will Air is proud to be a customer-centered residential and light commercial heating and cooling company serving the greater Central Maryland area. With over 30 years of experience, we are dedicated to offering the highest quality services at competitive rates. From preventative maintenance to residential HVAC repair, we are here to help you however we can. To get in touch, call us today at (410) 549-9300 or request an estimate.

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Our home has dual HVAC units. The electric-only unit in our attic has given us issues for years. Rob Will of Will Air inexpensively serviced the unit and babied it along so that we were able to get as much life out of it as possible. Once it was no longer economically smart to keep repairing the unit, Rob recommended a new unit that was affordable, energy efficient and more properly sized for our square footage. The new unit works like a charm and has not needed any service since installation. Rob and his staff show up quickly, and stay until the job is done. Sherry is always friendly and pleasant on the phones and is a pleasure to work with. I will continue to use Will Air for all of my HVAC needs and will recommend them to anyone who needs a trusted HVAC repair company.

Michelle Gavin May 18, 2020

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Our home has dual HVAC units. The electric-only unit in our attic has given us issues for years. Rob Will of Will Air inexpensively serviced the unit and babied it along so that we were able to get as much life out of it as possible. Once it was no longer economically smart to keep repairing the unit, Rob recommended a new unit that was affordable, energy efficient and more properly sized for our square footage. The new unit works like a charm and has not needed any service since installation. Rob and his staff show up quickly, and stay until the job is done. Sherry is always friendly and pleasant on the phones and is a pleasure to work with. I will continue to use Will Air for all of my HVAC needs and will recommend them to anyone who needs a trusted HVAC repair company.

Michelle Gavin May 18, 2020

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Awesome. I called and they came out the same day to put a short term fix on my AC unit. They then installed a new unit a few days later. Quick and reasonably priced. I couldn't have asked for more. I highly recommend them!

Matthew Forsyth May 19, 2020

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