Houston, Pearland, Friendswood and Bay Area
In Houston, heating is equally as important as cooling. It can get cool around here during the winter months and people will need their furnaces and heat pumps to warm up their home or work space. An efficient heating system will help to keep heating costs from skyrocketing.
If you need a central heating system that ventilates and cools your living and work space or a stand alone heating unit, Clear the Air has the solutions you need. Our specialty is maintaining your heating system.
We offer the best home and office heating supplies such as Trane furnaces, heat pumps and air handlers.
Gas furnaces today can produce heat efficiently. Most furnaces available today (such as those offered by Trane, which we sell), are able to convert more than 90 percent of the gases into heat. The Federal government says all new furnaces should have an AFUE minimum efficiency level of only 78 percent.
You can really appreciate the warm air gas furnaces produce during a cold day.
For the utmost efficiency in heating units, heat pumps work the best. They work similar to an air conditioner, except they work in reverse, replacing the cool air inside with warmer air. During the summer, they will reverse the air flow and work as an air conditioner.
Sometimes, a heat pump is not enough if the temperatures drop too low. You may want to consider a dual system that includes a furnace. The heat pump is efficient when the cool air outside is mild, but if the mercury drops below freezing, it is good to have a furnace to provide heat. We carry Trane heat pumps.
Furnace or Heat Pump?
There are several factors to consider when deciding which one is better. Weighing the cost of fuel and electricity is one factor and you also want to take into account the size of the heating area. Clear the Air has experts on staff that can help you determine which one would suit your needs the best.
The indoor portion of a central cooling and heating system is called an air handler. It circulates the warm and cool air inside your house. Make sure the air handler is matched properly to your heat pump and the size of rooms that need heating and cooling so you can get the most out of the entire system.
Keeping Your Heating System Efficient
In order to minimize heating costs, make sure your heating system is running smoothly. Perform maintenance regularly and have technicians at Clear the Air tune it up seasonally. This will result in your heating system performing at its maximum level.
Some tips to lowering your heating costs:
- Ensure your home is properly insulated
- Seal holes around plumbing and heating pipes
- Keep doors closed to rooms you don’t use
- Use a ceiling fan to move warm air that rises and pools above
- Replace faulty or worn caulking and weather stripping around doors and windows
- Use a programmable thermostat to automatically reduce nighttime temperatures
More tips on heating system efficiency can be found here at the Federal Trade Commission website and here from the Department of the Environment.
Clear The Air has Been Cooling And Heating Houston Since 1975