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What Kind of Heater Should We Get to Lower Our Electric Bill?

Chris Helms - Thursday, January 29, 2015

Looking for higher energy efficiency and lower energy bills?

Efficient Heaters

Are you asking yourself what you can do to increase the energy efficiency of your home? If your electric bills are going up as the temperature outside is going down, it might be time to consider a new heating system. Knowing which one to choose is the tricky part.

Here’s what you need to know about heating systems to make the right decision to save energy and money:

Gas Furnace

Gas furnaces are among the most efficient type of heating available. New gas heating systems can be up to 50% more efficient than older furnaces, with significantly higher energy efficiency ratings. Carrier systems, for example, have been around since 1902, but have made leaps and bounds in the past few decades to improve efficiency. This makes your furnace more effective but less expensive to run.

Heat Pump

Heat pumps are one of the greenest energy and heating sources available. These systems pull heat from the outside air using an electric pump to warm the air in your home. Even on cold days, there is enough warm air outside to be able to pull that energy from the ground to heat your home. This is a great way to heat your house and save money on your electric bill.

Dual Fuel System

A dual fuel system, also called hybrid heat, offers homeowners the convenience of a combo pack. It consists of a gas furnace and an electric heat pump in one unit. The purpose of a dual system is to maximize energy efficiency during the mild winters in North Carolina. If the weather is mild, the heat pump is sufficient to keep your home warm and comfortable, but if the temperature outside drops below freezing, the gas furnace takes over. It’s the best of both worlds and provides an energy efficient heating solution.

Choosing the right heating system is a big decision. For more information on the finding the best system for you with the highest level of energy efficiency, contact the pros at Helms Heating and Air Conditioning – or call (877) GO-HELMS. We are here to guide you through the process of choosing the right furnace to meet your unique needs.