Heating Systems

Air Mart of Texas options for heating systems.

In Texas our “winters’ don’t last very  long, but when they are here, we need heat!

GOOD: Electric Heat= Most affordable installation, fastest, most costly to run.

Electric resistance heating converts nearly 100% of the energy in the electricity to heat. However, most electricity is produced from coal, gas, or oil generators that convert only about 30% of the fuel’s energy into electricity. Because of electricity generation and transmission losses, electric heat is often more expensive than heat produced in the home or business using combustion appliances, such as natural gas, propane, and oil furnaces.

BETTER: Electric Heat with a Heat Pump=more efficient, cost 30% more than electric.

Electric heat with heat pumps are made to maintain a 3-5 degree temperature differential in the home.

heating systems

In warm climates with average or better electric rates, the heat pump is hands-down the best heating system. It costs less to operate than a furnace (most markets), and in tight, well insulated homes, a heat pump is actually more comfortable. The lower supply temperature, once considered the bane of heat pumps, is actually preferable in well insulated homes.

If electricity is the only choice, heat pumps are preferable in most climates, as they easily cut electricity use by 50% when compared with electric resistance heating. Electric resistance heat can be supplied by centralized forced-air electric furnaces or by heaters in each room.

A heat pump is highly efficient because it doesn’t manufacture the heat it distributes. Instead, it finds heat in the outside air and “pumps” or “moves” it into your home in the winter.

  • A heat pump can save you as much as 30% on heating costs when compared to a gas furnace and provides year-round comfort.
  • A high-efficiency electric heat pump does a great job of providing continuous comfort. Gas furnaces often blast certain areas with heat causing uncomfortable hot spots. Heat pumps provide a more continuous flow of heat and even temperature.

BEST: Gas fired hydronic heat= Most efficient, most costly.

Hot water heat generated from a tankless hot water heater, works like the radiator in your car. Hot water heats up the coils, blower moves the hot air into your home. Residential boiler can be included with this option for more efficient hot water use. Most efficient, most costly.

In moderate to cold climates where a heat pump requires significant supplemental heat, a natural gas-fired hydronic coil is preferable to electric strips. A high-efficiency tankless water heater is the ideal heat source for hydronics.