a close up view of the top of a white radiatorHave you stocked up on bags of ice melt and upgraded your truck with new snow tires? Gotten out those winter coats and checked your snowblower since it’s been in storage for the last year?

Okay, we may be getting a bit ahead of ourselves, but we like to be prepared for winter and we want the same for our customers. While it’s true that winter is still a few months away, now is the time to schedule HVAC system maintenance or, if you’re considering alternative home heating options, book an appointment to switch out your system.

Homeowners in Armstrong County and Butler County trust 1 Stop Heating & Cooling to keep their homes warmer and cozier as winter approaches. Our team of certified technicians is here to tune up your heating system to get you ready to roll through freezing temperatures. Don’t get caught in the cold – reach out to us by calling 724-664-1976 or schedule an appointment online. 

What Home Heating Options Does 1 Stop Heating & Cooling Offer?

Contrary to popular belief, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to heating a home. Different homes require different systems depending on various needs and preferences, such as desired efficiency, budget, and infrastructure.

With that in mind, 1 Stop Heating & Cooling has a few options in home heating systems for homeowners to choose from, all based on what best suits their household. We’ve got you covered whether you would like to schedule an appointment to have a new heat pump installed or your furnace in need of repairs.

✔️ Heat Pumps

A heat pump is a device that uses refrigerant to transfer heat from one location to another. Despite its name, it can be used for heating or cooling a space. During the winter months, heat pumps work by drawing cool outside air in, warming it, and then dispersing it throughout your home. When the weather heats up, it pulls hot air out of your home, cools it down, and then distributes it into your living space. They don’t produce heat through combustion like other common heating systems as they work by moving heat from one area to another.

What the benefits of heat pumps?

  • Heat pumps are popular amongst homeowners because:
  • they are energy-efficient
  • they have a long lifespan (they can typically last for 15 to 20 years with proper maintenance)
  • they’re an environmentally-friendly home heating option

✔️ Radiant Heat Systems

Radiant heating systems warm up a home by directly supplying heat to the surfaces of a room. Heat sources can be placed beneath the floors, within the panels of the walls, and in the ceilings. Radiant heating systems can be powered by different heat sources – electric and hydronic.

Electric radiant heating relies on electric resistance wires or heating mats that have been installed beneath the floor or within walls or ceilings. When electricity flows through these components, they produce heat. Hydronic radiant heating is the more common option for homeowners. It works by taking hot water from a boiler or water heater and circulating that hot water through a network of pipes or tubing that has been installed beneath surfaces.

✔️ High-Efficiency Furnaces & Boilers

a person adjusting a smart thermostat that's reading 73 degreesInstead of making repairs to that old furnace or boiler, think about upgrading to a high-efficiency heating unit. We understand that some homeowners may be scared off by the upfront cost – the unit itself and the installation can be rather expensive – but we encourage you to consider it as a long-term investment. High-efficiency furnaces and boilers have been proven to have a huge impact on lowering energy bills, so it won’t take long for you to recoup the cost.

Homeowners often choose furnaces and boilers because of their efficiency and their ability to provide consistent, level heating throughout the home. Newer high-efficiency models come equipped with zoning controls that allow you to heat specific areas or rooms separately. This can lower energy savings even more by not heating empty living spaces. 

✔️ Oil Tank Replacements

A lot of homes rely on oil to fuel their heating systems. Oil-based heating setups need a tank to store and protect the oil from the elements until it needs to be used. While many homeowners pay attention to repairing the components on their boilers, furnaces, and heat pumps, the oil tank can often go neglected. If you have an oil tank that is more than 15 years old, it’s likely undergone some wear and tear since it’s exposed to the elements, and a replacement may be in order. You should also consider an oil tank replacement if you notice a difference in the performance of your heating system.

Trust Us With Your Home Heating System

It may seem far off, but winter is lurking. Call us at 1 Stop Healing & Cooling to repair or upgrade your heating system before the cold can creep up on you. Get in touch with us online or call us at 724-664-1976 to set up an appointment now!