We get it, the title is sort of an oxymoron. While it might not get chilly very often in Beverly Hills, there are plenty of days each year where a heater could be an important tool for your home.
The problem with this sentiment is that there are various different types of heaters to choose from in our area, and since our climate isn’t like our northern neighbors, we need to be careful that we don’t choose an inefficient system. Heating systems like boilers are usually just not versatile enough since they often work too well for a mild climate like ours. When it comes to HVAC services in Beverly Hills, you’re going to want one of two types of heating systems—either a gas furnace or a heat pump.
So today, we’re going to go over the differences between these two systems and how they function in regard to efficiency.
Choosing the Right Heater
Here in California, the most important thing to think about when choosing a heater is efficiency. It doesn’t take much to keep us warm since it doesn’t get too cold out—which means you should be paying quite minimally for your heating solution. If you end up paying as much for heating as someone in one of the northern states, then you might be doing something wrong.
Therefore, we’re going to go over the specifics of each type of heater so you can see for yourself just what type of heating process works for you and your home.
Gas furnaces are the most reliable heating system in the United States. This isn’t just a coincidence, gas-powered furnaces are extremely reliable, efficient, and effective heating sources.
These systems are hooked up to a natural gas pipeline that’s accessed via your municipality. The gas is brought through your system and burned from a high-efficiency burner in a combustion chamber. This area is called the heat exchanger. The heat exchanger is the heart of your furnace, as blower fans run a steady stream of air through your system to pass by the heated chamber that has been burning the gas. This allows your air to stay fresh and clean while being warmed to the precise temperature your thermostat has requested.
Eventually, the air is expelled into your home through your ductwork. It’s that easy.
A heat pump is a bit more complex than a gas furnace, particularly because it relies on a different method of heating your home. While a furnace produces heat through combustion, a heat pump simply moves heat from one place to another—just like your refrigerator!
By using a line of refrigerant running between a set of coils, your heat pump will draw in heat from the outdoors using electricity. This heat will then be blown into your home as hot air!
The awesome difference with heat pumps is that they can function in reverse as well since the refrigerant line can draw heat from your home and disperse it outside when temperatures are hot. This means your heat pump can function as an air conditioner as well!
Ultimately, the choice is yours. Call JMS Air Conditioning and Heating for a specialized heating system designed for your home.