Electric Heating System Services
In Minnesota, the winter season is known for its enduring frost and frigid cold. When the leaves start to turn and the chill sets in, many homeowners reach for the heat setting on an electric heating system for warm indoor comfort. Whether your home uses an electric furnace, heat pump, or central air system, you can count on Bloomington Heating & Air to provide quality service, maintenance, and repairs for most major brands and types of electric heating systems.
*Bloomington Heating & Air does not service boilers, hydronic, attic, or high velocity systems.
Types Of Electric Heating Systems
There are several options for electric heating systems in Minnesota.The two most common options for electric heating systems are electric heat pumps and central air systems. Regardless of the option you choose, count on our trained technicians for expert heating installation services. Professional system installation ensures your heating system is installed and set up properly for efficient and reliable use from the start.
Electric Heat Pump
Though heat pumps are used for both heating and cooling, nearly all heat pumps are powered by electricity. In the winter, electric heat pump pull heat from the outdoor air and disperses it into the home with a fan or blower. Heat pumps use less electricity than a furnace to operate as they move heat instead of creating it. When considering an electric heat pump, you’ll see performance ratings such as heating season performance factor (HSPF). The higher the HSPF rating, the more efficient the electric heat pump will be. We have a range of heat pump services to keep your system in optimal condition throughout the cold season.
Central air systems, also called forced-air systems, do more than just provide air conditioning — they also provide heating using a primary heating source, such as a furnace. During winter, the same ductwork, vents, and registers used for cooling bring heated air to each room in your home. If your home or business has a central air system, contact Bloomington Heating & Air for a full range of HVAC services, including regular planned maintenance and prompt emergency heating repairs day or night.
Advantages Of Electric Heating
Electric heating has several advantages over other types of heating systems. The most notable advantage is a longer functional lifespan for furnaces over gas heating systems. Installation for electricity is less invasive than gas fuels because less venting is required for electric systems. What's more, if an electric heating system develops an issue, the safety concerns are less severe than those of a gas system.
Safe & Reliable
Electric heating systems are one of the safest heating solutions for your home as they have no burning materials, noxious fumes, or combustible gasses. Many electric heating systems also have no moving parts, meaning that there is a smaller chance that they will break down and require maintenance.
Affordable & Efficient
The cost of electricity has remained rather stable over the years, unlike the cost of gas and oil heating solutions. Electric heating systems are an inexpensive option and can be wired from room to room, meaning that a room not used does not need to be heated, saving you money. Electric heating solutions are inexpensive to install and have a long lifespan, saving you costs on repairs and maintenance. Additionally, you can also save on operation costs by sealing any gaps in windows and doors, increasing insulation, and fixing other energy drains in your home.
As electric heating systems do not rely on burning materials and no carbon dioxide is released into your home or the air, they are an environmentally friendly heating option. Because these heating solutions use no fuel or gas, they also eliminate the possibility of carbon monoxide leaks.
Disadvantages Of Electric Heating
The biggest downside to electric heating is the need for electricity to function. Should the power go out, the electric heating system will also shut off. Another downside of electric heating systems is that they can take longer to heat your home than a gas heating system and may have difficulty keeping your home at your desired temperature. Electric heating solutions need time for the heating element to warm up and transfer heat from the outdoors into your home. Until the electric furnace reaches the set level of warmth, warm air can't be pushed into the indoor space.
How To Boost Efficiency With Electric Heating
With the heat on blast 24/7, saving money during a Minnesota winter can seem next to impossible. But have no fear — Bloomington Heating & Air details how to efficiently heat a home at a reasonable utility cost without sacrificing indoor comfort.
Professional system maintenance is one efficiency tip we can’t stress enough. Regular planned maintenance is key in preventing small issues from affecting other components in the system, reducing the system’s functional lifespan, and even causing the system to fail completely. During HVAC maintenance, our technicians perform every service required to keep your heating system functioning at peak efficiency, including:
- Check the system functions and controls;
- Inspect electrical components and connections;
- Perform adjustments or repairs as necessary;
- Change dirty air filters; and
- Clean and lubricate motors.
Regular maintenance also saves you money on monthly utility bills by ensuring your system works efficiently and effectively to heat your home all cold season long. In addition, because your system is likely to last with regular maintenance service and repair, you won’t have to worry about investing in a brand new system earlier than expected.
Check The Ducts
Twenty percent may not sound like much, but if you were to look at a recent heating bill and add 20 percent of the total cost, you’d likely take notice. Leaks in the ductwork occur in several forms, including damaged, disconnected, or even undersized ductwork. Our technicians are trained to perform any necessary heating repair to your system, including ductwork repair and installations, to improve the overall heating efficiency.
Reverse Ceiling Fans
Most ceiling fans have a switch for summer and winter functions. When set for winter, the blades rotate clockwise and gently push heated air back to the ground level. Even on the lowest setting you’ll notice a difference in a short amount of time.
Install The Right Heat Source
Not all homes and businesses are the same, therefore not all electric heat sources will heat a home in the same — or most efficient — way. Bloomington Heating & Air can provide you with all the information you need to choose among central air systems, electric furnaces, and heat pumps for a system that meets your home’s unique heating needs.