Electric heating systems offer a safe and efficient way to warm your home and improve indoor air quality. If you are looking for an electric heating system, you have plenty of options. In fact, you may even be confused by all the possibilities. Here are five popular types of systems on the market.
1. Heat Pumps
Heat pumps are the most popular electric heating systems that our technicians install. Here’s how they work: This system uses electricity and a refrigerant to remove heat from outside. After it extracts the outdoor air, it transfers it to the electric system. This air is used to heat and cool your home. Exchanger coils, refrigerants and compressor pumps are primarily responsible for this process.
There are two different types of heat pumps. These include absorption heat pumps and compression heat pumps. Absorption heat pumps are powered by natural gas or electricity. Compression heat pumps are powered solely by electricity.
Heat pumps provide a quick and efficient source of hot and cool air. Furthermore, these systems can be cheaper to operate than other types of HVAC systems. Electric heat pumps are safer to operate than gas furnaces.
2. Electric Wall Heaters
Electric wall heaters contain a fan, reflectors and heating elements. The reflectors and heating elements are responsible for creating heat. After the heat is created, the fan blows it around the room.
Electric wall heaters are easy to install. You can install them on the ceiling or wall. They are affordable and safe. A potential drawback is they heat only one room at a time, and it can be expensive to operate electric wall heaters.
3. Baseboard Heaters
The primary components in electric baseboard heaters are aluminum fins and metal pipes. After the air gets warm, it circulates through the pipes and out of the vent. This type of electric heating system uses a convection process to create heat.
Baseboard heaters are located directly above the floor. They are zoned heating systems. This means that they can only provide heat in one area. They don’t require the installation of duct work. Typically, baseboard heaters are quiet and easy to operate.
4. Radiant Heating
With radiant heating systems, heat is directed to ceiling panels, floors or wall panels. This type of electric heating is powered by infrared radiation to provide heat throughout a home. In some radiant systems, the temperatures can increase up to 104 degrees. Heat from radiant heating systems feels like the sun on your skin.
Radiant heating systems provide uniform heating throughout your home. Typically, they can last up to 25 years without maintenance. They aren’t allergenic or noisy. This type of electric heating system is easy to install and energy efficient.
Before you install a radiant heating system into your flooring, you must replace part of the existing structure. Another potential drawback is it can elevate your floor. With all the work required for this heating system, the installation service can be expensive.
5. Electric Furnaces
With an electric furnace, you don’t have to be concerned about gas leaks or installing a fuel line into your home. This is how an electric furnace works.
The primary components in an electric furnace are a blower, duct work and electric resistance coils. After you turn on this furnace, the blower releases air over the coils. Then, the air blows through the duct work.
In some instances, electric furnaces can be more expensive to operate than a gas furnace. The benefits of buying an electric furnace are no carbon monoxide exposure and inexpensive installation.
There are many things to consider before you install a new electric heating system in your home. Finding the right electric heating system shouldn’t be stressful or time consuming. When you partner with MD Air Conditioning & Heating, we can help you select an energy-efficient heating system for your office or home.
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We offer maintenance agreements as well as commercial and residential HVAC services. Count on our technicians when you need a new system or your old one needs to be fixed. Call MD Air Conditioning & Heating to schedule your next service appointment in the San Antonio area.Tags: Electric, Furnaces, Heating Systems