Deciding to replace your heater doesn’t just mean switching out your current unit for a newer version of the same one. Heating systems have come a long way in the last couple of decades, and you have a lot more options available to you now.
The heater you have in place currently may not be the best choice for your home and family. When you need a furnace replacement in Los Angeles, give our team a call. We can help you choose the right heater for your unique needs and for our climate. You can keep reading to learn more about the types of heaters that we typically install in Los Angeles as well as the pros and cons of each one.
Furnaces: Natural Gas or Electric
First, we want to say that there is no right or wrong answer for what type of heater you install. Since we have fairly mild weather here in LA, you don’t need a high-powered heating system designed to withstand below-freezing temperatures. With that being said, both gas and electric furnaces are excellent choices.
Choosing between one or the other may come down to whether or not you have the availability of gas at your home. Gas heaters tend to be more expensive upfront for installation but cheaper to operate from month to month. The energy savings you enjoy from having a gas heater can easily make up for the difference that you spend upfront for installation.
Electric heaters cost less to install, yet they are usually more expensive to operate. Of course, you could purchase a very high-efficiency electric furnace that saves you on your monthly utility costs. You have to assess your budget, decide how much you want to spend on installation, and then consider whether you prefer a gas or electric furnace.
Heat Pumps: Duct or Ductless
If you prefer an all-in-one heating and cooling system, a heat pump is the way to go. Heat pumps are great for our mild climate, especially in the winter. They are highly efficient at producing heat since they use refrigerant to absorb heat from the outside and bring it into your home. Since temperatures don’t get terribly cold here, you don’t have to worry about a negative impact on its heating ability.
A heat pump with ducts is just fine, but if you can afford to install a ductless heat pump, that may be your best option for lifetime energy savings. Ductless units can use a lot less energy compared to their ducted counterparts.
A ductless heat pump is also a great benefit if you don’t have a lot of space in your home. You can eliminate the need for ductwork, as well as the need for a large indoor heater and air conditioner. A ductless mini split instead has smaller units placed in each room of your home that allow you to customize temperatures in each area.
JMS Air Conditioning and Heating has your back. Call us today to schedule an appointment for a heating system replacement in Los Angeles, CA!