The temperatures in Hanahan, SC, are moderate year-round, but you still need heat in the winter. Here are four ways to warm your home without running your furnace at full tilt or without running a furnace at all:
- Geothermal Systems: Geothermal systems are heat pumps that use below-ground warmth to heat, cool and provide hot water for your home. The initial investment is high, but the cost of geothermal energy is low. By some estimates, you could save up to 75 percent on monthly energy bills. This “green” alternative requires little maintenance. The indoor components last about 25 years, and the outdoor component lasts 50 years or more.
- Ductless Systems: Central systems are all or nothing. If you want a warm bedroom, you have heat every room. Ductless systems provide zone-specific heating; warm air goes only where you want it. You don’t need ductwork, and installation is fast and easy.
- Smart Thermostats: The latest high-tech thermostats heat your home using built-in analytical intelligence. They learn from your behavior and provide a customized and energy-efficient indoor environment with no help from you. Having a smart thermostat is like having a personal HVAC genie who reads your mind and grants your wishes. To override the system remotely, simply seize the nearest WiFi-enabled device and make your changes.
- Space Heaters: Turn down the furnace thermostat and supplement with space heaters. Buy several, and station them in rooms where you spend the most time. These little units are inexpensive to purchase and economical to use: A typical 1500-watt ceramic model will heat one room for about 18-20 cents an hour.
If you would like to learn more about the many state-of-the-art features of a ductless zoned system or to explore the remarkable efficiency of a geothermal heat pump, visit Berkeley Heating & Air Conditioning or give us a call (843) 277-6030.