Hampton Roads Heating – There are several types of systems that heat our homes in Hampton Roads. No matter which system your home utilizes, it is essential to keep it maintained for safety. Common systems include:
- Heat Pump – Technically, a heat pump is a mechanical-compression cycle refrigeration system that can be reversed to either heat or cool a controlled space. Installation for this type of system typically consists of two parts: an indoor unit called an air handler and an outdoor unit similar to a central air conditioner, but referred to as a heat pump. A compressor circulates refrigerant that absorbs and releases heat as it travels between the indoor and outdoor units.
- Furnace – When air enters the furnace, it enters a combustion chamber. Gas also enters the combustion chamber through a valve. The air mingles with the gas and is ignited by the pilot light. The ignited gas heats up something called the heat exchanger, which is nothing more than several metal tubes. Metal retains heat, so once heated, the tubes stay hot. Then, as more air enters the furnace, it flows under and around the metal tubing, which heats up the air. Finally, that warm air is sent through the ducts to heat the home.
- Geo-Thermal – Basically, geothermal heating/cooling systems operate via sub-surface conductive heat transfer, using the naturally renewable temperature of the earth’s crust as a heat source in the winter, and as a heat sink in the summer.
- Packaged Heat Pump / Gaspack – Typically, packaged units are installed outdoors at ground level, in a crawl space, or they may be installed on the roof for horizontal or down-flow designs. Available in the same configurations, and utilizing the same components as split systems, packaged units also offer a variety of efficiency options. Unlike split systems, in a packaged system, most components are in one cabinet.
Be sure to have your heating system checked every year to ensure safe reliable operation!