All units in Arizona fall into three major heating categories and they are listed in order of their popularity.
The HEAT PUMP is the most popular form of heat on most homes in the Phoenix Metro area.
WHAT IS A HEATPUMP?
A heat pump uses the same principle as an air conditioner, but it reverses the Freon flow and runs backwards so it’s still using Freon to heat the house. This is very suitable for the climate in Phoenix because we don't require a lot of hot air to keep our homes comfortable in the winter because it simply doesn’t get very cold. A heat pump will deliver between 95-105 degree air temperature inside the house. Some units will add electric heat strips to the unit so when – on those few occasions we get down below freezing – the heat strips will kick on and help heat the house on those really cold days.
A GAS FURNACE will deliver the hottest air to the house, which will be between 125-150 degrees. It warms your house much more quickly, but will also make the temperature inside the house jump higher very quickly, which causes uneven temperatures inside the house. Of course, a gas furnace uses gas to heat the air, which means your gas bill will go up significantly in the winter. A gas furnace uses the same blower motor as the air conditioner, but usually runs at a lower speed. There are more precautions to think about with a gas furnace, such as gas leaks and carbon monoxide.
Lastly, ELECTRIC HEAT is the least common and the MOST EXPENSIVE to operate. Using electric heat is like using a toaster or blow dryer to heat the air as it passes across the wire coils. If you have electric heat, we recommend you switch to a heat pump and maybe just have heat strips as a backup on really cold days.
No matter what type of heating system your house has, you need to have your heating system checked in the fall, before winter weather comes. We recommend a heating check every year in October, November or December.
Ask about our preventive maintenance agreements!
ALL MANUFACTURER warranties and home warranties require an annual heating check-up with proper documentation that it was done, or it will be the first thing they will try to deny a warranty claim. MAKE SURE YOU ARE PREPARED and PROTECTED!