What Kind of Heating System is Best For Southern California?
Blankets and hot cocoa can be fun for a few nights, but Southern California homes really do need strong heating systems to provide year-round comfort. You may not need the super-powered heating systems found in colder climates, but you want something that works efficiently and keeps you warm.
We work with a wide variety of heating systems for homes and businesses throughout the Orange County area. We can recommend a right-sized, reliable, and comfy heating system that suits your property and your preferences.
Let’s discuss the best heating options for SoCal:
Often the best choice in Southern California, heat pumps provide efficient performance for both heating and cooling. The name describes what it does — heat pumps move heat from one place to another.
In heating season, heat pumps extract warmth from the outdoor air and bring it inside. Yes, even when it’s chilly the air contains some heat energy! Heat pumps work very efficiently using electricity. Because the system only needs to move heat around (not create heat) these systems have lower energy bills and a smaller carbon footprint than other options.
Heat pumps reverse direction and pump hot air out of the house during cooling season. One system, year-round performance, with efficient heating and cooling — it’s an easy choice for many.
For larger homes and those further off the coast where winter nights get chillier, gas furnaces are another great option. They offer greater efficiency on the coldest days of the year, and they heat the home consistently and quickly.
Gas furnaces blow heated air through your ductwork to provide fast, thorough heating in every room. If you already have a great air conditioner and don’t want to replace it with a heat pump, a gas furnace may be your long-term solution for reliable, toasty heating in winter.
Dual Fuel Systems
These smart heating systems use electricity or gas — whichever is more efficient based on outdoor temperatures. In mild, balmy temperatures the electrical power suffices and reduces your fuel costs. When it gets frigid, the dual fuel system automatically knows to switch to gas. This not only minimizes your energy costs, but ensures ample heating and optimal comfort at all times.
Ductless systems provide heat to one or two rooms. The unit sits in the wall so there’s no need for ductwork. This also avoids the liabilities and energy loss associated with window units.
We recommend ductless heating for home additions, finished attics, or anywhere that your existing ductwork does not reach. It’s also a great option if you just want to heat a bedroom or living room without heating the entire property.
Depending on the size and layout of your home — and how warm you want to stay in January! — any of these options might be best for you. Talk to Orange County’s HVAC specialists at Dynamic Air Services for help choosing and installing an ideal heating system.
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