Heating Information

- Understand how split system heating works.

Los Angeles Heating

Residential heating is done typically two ways: A gas furnace or a heat pump.

A gas furnace runs off electricity and natural gas (or even propane for remote areas that do not have gas lines). Gas is used for the actual heat/flame while electricity is used to power the fan (blower) motor. When running, flames heat up the heat exchanger (a type of metal grid). The fan motor pulls air from the home (return air) and pushes it through the heat exchanger, thus warming the air. The warm air is then distributed through the home via ductwork. When the air is heated, this also removes moisture which makes a whole home humidifier a key ingredient to comfortable air during the winter season.

A heat pump runs off electricity, and is actually an air conditioner that can heat as well. Heat pumps have a higher heating energy efficiency than a gas furnace in milder winter climates. Installations are normally a "split system" design where the system components are split indoors and outdoors. The indoor unit is called a fan coil or sometimes an air handler and it contains a coil system and a fan blower motor. The outside unit is the actual heat pump, and also has a copper coil system in it. When running, it absorbs heat from the outside air and compresses it into the refrigerant contained in copper coil (even cold outside air has heat energy in it). The "heated" refrigerant is sent inside to the indoor coil system. As air from the home is forced through the indoor coil system, the air is heated and then sent back into the living areas via ductwork.

In the cooling season a heat pump acts like an air conditioner: read our air conditioning page for more information.

Hybrid System is used in areas with a more extreme range of seasonal temperatures for the best heating efficiency possible. Heat pumps are all electric devices, and are cheaper to run than a furnace when the temperature is 40° degrees and above. When the air temperature drops, the gas furnace is then used instead because it is more efficient at colder temperatures.

A Variable Speed Fan Motor is a term that you will hear mentioned if you are looking at a new system. A variable speed fan is quieter, more efficient and also keeps the home climate more comfortable due to an ability to regulate fan speed based on humidity and temperature requirements. Old school fan blowers just crank on and run at one speed, are less efficient and can be much louder. This matters when your unit is not down in a basement, but in the ceiling or hallway closet.
Typical Los Angeles Heating System
Below is a diagram displaying what we presented above. In a heat pump installation, there are no flames in the indoor unit.

Conserving Energy Really Is Important
Modern products make life much easier for us all, but some of them are hurting our environment at alarming rates. Fortunately, manufacturers are taking strides to product energy efficient products and alternative energy solutions that are paving the way for a much better tomorrow.
HVAC & Energy Consumption
Your home heating and cooling system will typically eat up half of your monthly utility bill. All of your computers, blenders, lights and gadgets still will not equal the cost of staying comfortable.
What You Can Do
As mentioned above, technology is coming around with better solutions that are more affordable than ever. Even the most expensive green options, like geothermal and solar energy, are become more affordable every day. Homeowners who cannot afford a new, more efficient HVAC system can still take steps to save energy, like regular system maintenance, enhanced air filtration and more.
Pursue Efficient Solutions
When a Los Angeles AC contractor comes to your home for service work on your heating and cooling system, what is the goal? To save money with the lowest cost fix for a problem? Not the best plan.

Homeowners need to enable their CA HVAC dealer to provide efficient, energy saving products. Often, a dealer is hammered with customers who just want the lowest price. This forces them to put in cheap product to satisfy customer demand. This in turn just prolongs poor environmental practice nation wide.

If you are in search of a local dealer you can trust, check our list of recommended contractors: CA AC
Geothermal Energy
The greenest way to keep your home comfortable is definitely via either solar energy or a geothermal heat pump (GHP). A GHP uses the constant temperature of the earth as a renewable energy source, exchanging energy during the different seasons to keep your home comfortable the same way a normal electric heat pump would. Renewable Energy
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