A gas furnace is the most common way to keep a home cozy warm when our beaches turn cold during a Jersey Shore winter season. Gas furnaces use natural gas (inexpensive) or propane (more expensive) for homes in rural areas that don’t have access to natural gas.
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A heat pump looks and works just like an air conditioner in the summer by compressing and chilling the refrigerant that is used to cool your home. The difference between an air conditioner and a heat pump is that during cold weather a heat pump can also heat your home by reversing the cooling process.
When using a heating source to heat your home other than a gas furnace, an air handler is needed to work with the air conditioner (or heat pump) for cooling.
An air conditioner sits outside the home and compresses a gas called refrigerant. Why? Because the gas is pumped from inside where it has absorbed heat energy from your indoor air. When the air conditioner compresses the gas, it condenses down to a chilled liquid as heat energy is dissipated into the air outside.
Most residential heating and air systems are known as “split systems” because an air conditioner or heat pump sits outside the home, and the rest of the equipment is located inside. This works well, and is the most energy efficiency setup, however sometimes indoor space or construction doesn’t allow for a normal split system to be installed.
Boilers are in charge of your home’s hot water for heating purposes. They can also be outfitted with the capability to provide domestic hot water for faucets and showers, etc. Tankless on demand type boilers increase efficiency by eliminating the need forwater storage. This means you have hot water when you need it without the added space of tanks to store it! Condensing boilers also make better use of energy, which lowers your hot water bill each month.
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