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HEATING EXPLAINED

As it is with Air Conditioning in the Summer months, your heater is equally as important in the winter.
There are several different solutions for delivering heat to your home.
Below are explanations of the 2 most common solutions; Heat Pump and Furnace

Heat Pump

Imagine that you took an air conditioner and flipped it around so that the hot coils were on the inside and the cold coils were on the outside. Then you would have a heater. It turns out that this heater works extremely well. Rather than burning a fuel, what it is doing is "moving heat."

A heat pump is an air conditioner that contains a valve that lets it switch between "air conditioner" and "heater." When the valve is switched one way, the heat pump acts like an air conditioner, and when it is switched the other way it reverses the flow of the liquid inside the heat pump and acts like a heater.

Heat pumps can be extremely efficient in their use of energy. But one problem with most heat pumps is that the coils in the outside air collect ice. The heat pump has to melt this ice periodically, so it switches itself back to air conditioner mode to heat up the coils. To avoid pumping cold air into the house in air conditioner mode, the heat pump also lights up burners or electric strip heaters to heat the cold air that the air conditioner is pumping out. Once the ice is melted, the heat pump switches back to heating mode and turns off the burners.

Gas Furnace

A gas furnace does essentially the same thing as a heat pump when the heat pump is melting the outside ice accumulation. Basically there are gas fired burners across which air is blown through the duct system into your home. The benefit of a gas furnace is that it runs more efficiently (depending on the cost of gas vs. electricity) because it does not need to cycle off to melt any accumulated ice.

One major concern with gas furnaces is carbon monoxide. Because you have a fuel that is burning, it is releasing exhaust gases, including carbon monoxide, that must be vented properly. If there is a leak in the vent, or it is clogged, this can be extremely hazardous. Carbon monoxode is tasteless and odorless and can be very deadly.

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