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Considering a modern heating system for your Kinston, North Carolina, home? Today’s furnaces heat your home both comfortably and efficiently. The following are among the most advanced types of heating systems on the market today.

Geothermal Heat Pumps

Unlike an air-source heat pump that extracts the heat from the air outside your house, a geothermal heat pump uses the energy in the earth to heat your home. Even in the coldest temperatures, under the ground outside your home maintains a consistent temperature.

A geothermal heat pump works by capturing the warmth stored in the ground several feet below the surface. Pipes attached to the heat pump system are buried underground and filled with a mixture of water and antifreeze. As the liquid circulates through the pipes in the ground, it gathers heat, which is transferred to the heat pump. This warmth is then used to heat your home.

A geothermal heat pump is one of most advanced, cost-effective ways to heat your home in winter. It is more efficient than an air-source heat pump, which is already more efficient than a traditional gas furnace.

If you want to find out if a geothermal heat pump is for you, J & J Mechanical, Inc. can help. We offer a variety of geothermal units, as well as installation and maintenance packages.

High-Efficiency Gas Furnaces

Burning gas to heat your home isn’t a new concept, but the efficiency of a modern gas furnace sets it apart from its predecessors of 10 or even 20 years ago. Not sure how your current furnace compares to a high-efficiency unit? Check your furnace’s AFUE or annual fuel utilization efficiency. The AFUE is a measure of your furnace’s efficiency, expressed as a percentage. For example, a furnace with an AFUE of 70 uses 70 percent of its fuel to create heat, while 30 percent goes to waste.

A high-efficiency gas furnace can have an AFUE over 90 percent, while an older furnace could have an AFUE as low as 65. The most efficient furnaces as rated by Energy Star include those with an AFUE of 97 or higher, meaning almost all the fuel is used to heat your home.

Thinking of replacing your older furnace with an advanced, high-efficiency model? We carry some of the most efficient gas furnaces on the market today, including the Bryant line of high-efficiency gas furnaces (many of which have an AFUE over 98).

Dual-Fuel Heating Systems

A dual-fuel heating system (also referred to as a “hybrid” or a “packaged” system) is two units combined into one — an electric air-source heat pump and a gas furnace. This type of system is designed to use the best method to heat your home and automatically switch from electricity to gas and back again depending on your heating needs.

For example, when the weather first turns cold, a heat pump will be able to heat your home comfortably, and when the temperature drops down enough to lower the heat pump’s efficiency, the gas furnace, which is more efficient, takes over.

Controlling a dual heating system isn’t complicated. Both heating units run off a single thermostat, so you all you need to do is choose a comfortable temperature for your home, and the heating system does the rest.

A dual fuel heating system never heats your home using both a heat pump and a furnace at the same time; depending on the conditions, the most efficient unit is selected and used exclusively. Using the most efficient method to heat your home not only uses energy resources responsibly but can also make a difference on your monthly heating bills.

Today’s advanced heating systems use the latest technology and innovations to heat your home comfortably and efficiently. Contact J & J Mechanical, Inc. today to learn more about geothermal heat pumps, high-efficiency gas furnaces, and dual-fuel heating systems. Call us at (855) 800-1341 to speak with a heating professional about the heating services we provide in the Kinston, NC area.

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