The most efficient heating system in terms of your total costs depends on a number of factors. These include your local climate and the types of connections that are already installed in your home.
Furnaces, Heat Pumps, Hybrids and Mini-Splits
Forced-air heating systems will generally be more efficient. But installing ductwork can be expensive, and modern mini-splits are quite efficient. If you do opt for forced air, the most efficient heating type will depend on your climate. The most common heating equipment in Virginia is the furnace, and that is because the winters are quite cold in Northern and Central Virginia. Heat pumps are a bit more common in the southern region of the state, and hybrids are also an option. They provide the efficiency of a heat pump but have a furnace available for particularly cold weather.
Electric vs. Natural Gas
Electric furnaces are typically less expensive both in terms of the equipment and the installation. Electric is also cleaner than natural gas and thus more efficient in terms of the environment. But natural gas, which is a relatively clean-burning fuel, is cheaper than electricity, and the difference is significant enough that natural gas furnaces generally have a lower total cost of ownership despite the fact that they cost more to purchase and install.
Zoned Central Systems
If you are building a home or installing ductwork, then you may want to considered zoned central air. Zoned systems allow you to heat various areas of the home independently. The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that the average American home can reduce its heating and cooling costs by as much as 30% with a zoned system.
Your Local Heating Experts in Warrenton
Ideal HVAC Services is a leading HVAC company serving homeowners in Warrenton and throughout Fauquier County. Our company installs, maintains and repairs furnaces and heat pumps. We also install, maintain and repair air conditioners and ductless mini-splits. Call us today or contact us online for additional details about our services or to schedule an appointment or on-site consultation.