Furnace technology has come a long way in the past decade. Today, you can buy different types of furnaces that offer a lot of benefits as compared to the traditional ones.
In this article, we’ll review some of the most recent advances in furnace technology. If you live here in Louisiana, you should know that our team at Southern Air offers furnace installation service. Contact us for a free in-home estimate.
Hybrid Furnace Systems
Hybrid furnace systems contain not just one, but two heating devices: a gas furnace and a heat pump. Hybrid systems are ideal for people that are seeking a two-in-one solution that can both heat and cool the home. In addition, hybrid systems have versatility in the fall and spring seasons, where they can heat your home at a lower energy cost than running your furnace. Let’s dive in.
A system for all seasons
In the fall, when night temperatures begin to drop but it’s not too cold out, the hybrid system can use the heat pump to warm your home. As with all heat pumps, this works by pulling heat energy out of the outside air, and then using refrigerant to move that energy inside the home. In our mild winter climate here in Louisiana, you’ll get a lot of use out of this mode. Plus, because moving heat energy is less intense than creating it, you’ll save on your energy costs versus running the furnace.
Versatile for the summer ahead
Of course, heat pumps can also reverse operation and function akin to standard air conditioners: drawing heat energy out of the inside of your home and transferring it outside, thereby cooling the air inside your home. This means that a hybrid furnace system is quite literally a HVAC system for all seasons.
Furnaces with variable speed feature are able to run the blower at different speeds. This results in a more efficient distribution of hot air generated by the furnace throughout the house. The blower pushes the air into the ductwork, after which it is distributed to the individual rooms.
It’s like riding a bike
Think of variable-speed systems like a 6-speed bike. If you had a one-speed bike, you’d have to expend the same amount of energy pedaling, no matter how steep you’re climbing or how fast you’re going. In the end, that’s going to result in a lot of wasted energy (and sore legs!). However, with a 6-speed, you can shift up or down to adjust resistance and conserve energy. A variable-speed furnace is like that: it can run at lower or higher speeds as needed, which helps it conserve energy.
That precision control also means you’ll have a more comfortable home. Because the variable-speed system can slow or speed up, it can heat your home without making it too hot or leaving it too cold. That’s a big benefit of switching to variable speed, but here’s one more: variable-speed systems, when running at their lower gear, are much quieter than a normal furnace. That’s just one less annoyance in your life.
Ductless Heating & Cooling
Ductless systems, as the name directly implies, do not have ductwork to worry about. This is a big benefit: not only can these systems go in more places, but they offer both cooling and heating capabilities to homeowners here in Shreveport, Monroe, and Alexandria.
A system that works in all spaces
Freed from the need for extensive ductwork or remodeling, ductless systems are versatile, and can go in places that you might not have considered before with a traditional HVAC system. Here are a few examples:
- Garages: A wall-mounted system might be just what you need to stay cool while you work on the car.
- Sun Rooms: Enjoy the sunlight in your Arizona room without needing to be uncomfortable.
- Historic Homes: For many historic homes here in Louisiana, staying comfortable without ductwork has been a challenge. Wall-mounted ductless systems are the answer.
Gas-fired hydronic systems
Gas-fired hydronic systems represent another advancement in furnace technology. The heater circulates heated water to convection radiator panels that are installed on the floor. The heater allows even distribution of heat throughout the room without any cold spots.
However, the heater is more costly to repair. The reason is that the heating element is located in difficult-to-access places, such as in the walls and under the floors.
Reverse-cycle systems are highly efficient in generating heat compared to electric heaters. The systems can save thousands of dollars in utility bills due to efficient heating. Heat is produced through a reversing valve that reverses the flow of refrigerant.
This effectively makes the condenser an evaporator and the evaporator a condenser. The end result is effective generation and distribution of heat throughout the rooms.
Southern Air is your team of furnace technology experts
If you want more information about the latest heating systems and furnace technology, call the team at Southern Air Heating & Cooling. We have been serving Shreveport, Monroe, and Alexandria and surrounding areas since 1993. Contact us today!