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Why Install a Heat Pump in Warm Climates

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

When it comes to heating a home in Southern California, most homeowners are uncertain what option is best for them. Because Southern Californian homes need heating far less than most other parts of the country, residents want heaters that can provide sufficient heat without draining too much power during the brief times when they run. If possible, homeowners would also like a heater that takes up less space.

For these reasons, and for more that we’ll detail below, we recommend installing a heat pump for your Huntington Beach, CA heating system installation. To find out more about what heat pump installation requires, call us at Command A/C and speak to our specialists.

Why heat pumps are appealing for warm climates

First things first: a heat pump isn’t just a heater—it’s also an air conditioner. That takes care of the space problem, since you only need to install one system to cover your heating and cooling needs. Heat pumps are not two separate units packaged together, like you often see with an air conditioner installed above a furnace in the same cabinet. A heat pump uses the same action—heat exchange—whether in heating or cooling mode. Heat pumps provide air conditioning at the level of the best solo ACs on the market, so you don’t have to worry about losing valuable cooling power during the long hot seasons.

Second, heat pumps are very energy efficient when in heating mode. The reason that heating systems like furnaces and boilers use so much energy is that they must burn fuel in order to create heat. However, a heat pump uses its power source, electricity, only to run its mechanical parts. A heat pump does not create heat (or cooling) at all; it instead shifts the location of heat, moving it outside to provide a cooler environment, and moving it indoors for a warmer one. Government studies have shown that switching from a furnace to heat pump can save a family 30% off their annual heating bills.

Finally, heat pumps in warm climates have no problem overcoming their one major disadvantage: efficiency loss in sub-freezing temperatures. When was the last time Huntington Beach had temperatures below 32°F? A heat pump will rarely experience any trouble providing you the heat you need to feel comfortable.

So why doesn’t everybody have a heat pump?

Despite all these advantages, heat pumps are not the best option for every house. Call expert installers to help you determine what heating system installation in Huntington Beach, CA will give you optimal heat combined with the most economical performance. At Command A/C, we’re ready to help you get the comfort you want.

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How to Pick the Right Heating System For Your Home

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Long Beach heating systems benefit a great deal from our mild climate, which opens up numerous options in terms of the kind of system you have. That comes in addition to traditional considerations such as the efficiency of the heater and the cost of installation. If you’re looking to add a new heating system to your home, congratulations! Your investment will likely save you a great deal on monthly heating costs, as well as improving the resale value of your home in one of the most coveted real estate markets in the country. In light of that, it becomes very important to find a heating system that fits. Here’s how to pick the right heating system for your home.

For starters, you need a professional to inspect your home and recommend a properly sized heater. If the heater is too small, it won’t warm your air sufficiently. If it’s too large, it will cycle on and off too rapidly, increasing wear and tear while raising your energy bills in the bargain. A properly sized heater factors in insulation, sun exposure and other factors in addition to square footage. Knowing that size will go a long way towards setting your options.

You also want to pay attention to your furnace’s AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency) rating, which is measured in percentages and ranks how well it does its job. The higher the AFUE rating, the more effective the furnace. You’ll want to pick the heater with the highest AFUE rating you can afford.

On top of that, there’s the type of heater to consider. Traditional central heating units are the most common, and they do a good job, but you might want to think about a heat pump, which combines the functions of a heater and an air conditioner into a single unit. Heat pumps use less energy than traditional heaters, and work especially well in mild climates like Long Beach.

Whatever your circumstances, the Long Beach heating installation specialists at Command A/C can help with selecting heating systems. We can show you how to pick the right heating system for your home, then install it with professionalism and care.

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