Choosing the Right Heating System for a Mild Climate

When it comes to choosing a heating system for your home, it’s important to take several factors into account including cost, size, and specific features. However, one of the most important factors to remember is the climate in your area.

A family living in a particularly harsh climate, either extremely hot in the summer or extremely cold in the winter, should choose a different heating system than a family living in a mild climate. If your area’s climate is more on the mild side, here are some tips for choosing the perfect heating system for your home:

Know the types of heating systems. Furnaces and heat pumps are the most common heating systems used for residential homes. While furnaces use a forced-air approach, heat pumps offer both heating and cooling in a single unit and are more passive than furnaces.

Heat pumps intake warm air from outside and ventilate it throughout the house during winter and do the opposite during summer by pumping the hot air outside. Between heat pumps and furnaces, heat pumps are best for climates that don’t often experience freezing or below-freezing temperatures.

Efficiency is key. The more efficient your heating system is at performing its function, the less you’ll have to pay energy bills in the long run. Heat pumps tend to heat homes more efficiently and therefore cost less to operate.

However, it’s important to also take you and your family’s preferences into account. A heat pump will be able to keep your home comfortable during winter if you live in a mild climate, but they may struggle if you like your home to be particularly toasty during the winter months. If you don’t live in a freezing climate but still prefer a very warm house during the winter, a furnace may be your best bet even though it’s slightly less cost-efficient to operate.

Choose between the natural gas route and the electric route. Heat pumps use electricity to operate and furnace systems run on natural gas. Natural gas is usually cheaper than electricity, and many homes are actually hooked up to a natural gas line already, making a furnace installation a relatively easy process.

However, though natural gas as a product is cheaper than electricity, using natural gas heat as opposed to electric heat won’t necessarily save you money. Electric heat pumps run more efficiently than natural gas furnaces, so a home heated by a furnace will often end up racking up higher energy bills.

Contact Cascade Mechanical today to learn more about home heating for all types of climates.