Ductless Heat

Electric Space Heater

Got a toaster and fan?  That is essentially what you get with an electric space heater.  Though some models don’t have the fan.

Electric space heaters are usually small, portable heaters that plug into the wall.  Generally available in most home improvement and general retail big box stores.  Electric space heaters provide extremely warm heat to a very limited space.  Often used to keep feet warm under a desk or heat a small space that is not properly maintained by a central heating system or when a central system does not exist.  Electric space heaters tend to be very efficient with a rating usually at 100%.  However, this is very misleading.  While 100% of the energy is converted to heat it will use significantly more electricity than a heat pump would use.

There is also a safety concern with space heaters.  If they are plugged into a power strip or if items are placed too close to the heater they represent a very real fire hazard.

There are also electric baseboard heat.  Electric baseboard heat usually has a heat shield to significantly reduce the risk of fire.  While still offering 100% efficiency it will need significantly more electricity to heat compared to a heat pump.

Check out the link below on what the Department of Energy says about electric resistance heating.

Department of Energy on electric resistance heating.

Fire Place**

Many of us can think of nothing better then curling up in front of a fire place and feeling the radiant heat coming off the burning logs.  However, one of the most overlooked aspects of a fire place is actually heat loss when the fire place is not in use.  If the damper is not properly used or if the fireplace does not have tempered glass doors, it possible to experience significant heat loss through the chimney or even to have cold air enter the home through the fire place.

As with any form of heating it is important to ensure proper sizing.  A fire place that is too small will have no chance of properly heating a space.  A fire place that is too big will generate too much heat.

While all of us here at Loving Air love to curl up in front of a fire we do not have the proper tools to service or install fire places.

Gas Fired Space Heater

Gas fired space heaters come in many different varieties.  While usually wall mounted so that they can be properly vented they can also be portable just like electric space heaters. These units tend to be very simple with few working parts.

Hanging unit heaters are also gas fired space heaters.

Mini-Splits

Mini split systems are essentially heat pumps without ducts.  Unlike the other forms of heating listed on this page, mini splits can both heat and cool.  Primarily used in retrofitting older homes where duct work was originally installed or in new additions.

Mini splits are very good at heating and cooling confined spaces.  They function by circulating the air in the space and running it over a coil that will either heat or cool the air.  The design of the mini split makes it one of the only safe methods to provide air conditioning to a garage.

Mini split systems tend to cost more to install then a heat pump if you are looking to replace a system that already exists in a home that already has ducts.

Another difficulty with mini splits is that it can be difficult to find a company that is capable of servicing them.  As with a lot of technology, the more advanced it gets, the smaller and more difficult it is to work on the components.

Mini splits require special tools that many heating and air conditioning contractors do not posses.

We here at loving air both have the tools required and the training to service most mini split systems. For a free estimate or to schedule an affordable service contact us today!

Multi-Splits

Multi splits are identical to mini splits but they operate multiple indoor headers off of one outdoor unit.  Systems today can be configured to run up to four indoor units off of one outdoor.  This is actually how we have our heating and air conditioning set up in our offices.

Pellet Stove**

Pellet stoves are very similar to fire places.  Pellets are 3/8″ to 1″ compressed burning material. Pellet stoves are technologically advanced fire places.  Instead of feeding logs to a fire on a very regular basis, pellets are stored in a hopper and automatically fed to the fire.  The hoppers usually hold at least a days worth of pellets if not significantly more.  This significantly reduces the time needed on a daily basis to maintain the stove.  However, pellet stoves can also cost significantly more then a normal stove or fireplace.

Much like fireplaces, Loving Air does not do installations or provide any services for pellet stoves.

Unit Heater

Unit heaters are typically gas fired heaters that are suspended in open areas such as garages or warehouses. Unit heaters typically use a heat exchanger that gas is burned inside of to heat the exchanger and a fan is used to blow air across the exchanger.  Typically the most difficult part of servicing a unit heater is gaining access as they are usually installed close to the ceiling.

Wood Stove**

Wood stoves are essentially free standing fire places. One of the notable differences between a wood stove and a fire place is that the flue or exhaust vent can be run through multiple spaces to act as a heat exchanger.  Wood stoves and pellet stoves are also very similar.  Much like fireplaces the sizing of the stove is very important. Too small and it will not be able to heat the space and if it is too big it will generate too much heat usually causing it to be operated in a way that causes incomplete burns and more air pollution.

 

Types of Heating Systems

Boiler

-Hot Water Boiler
-Steam Boiler

Ductless Heat

-Electric Space Heater
-Fire Place**
-Gas Fired Space Heater
-Mini-Splits
-Multi-Splits
-Pellet Stove**
-Unit Heater
-Wood Stove**

Heat Pumps

-Ductless Mini-Splits
-Ductless Multi-Splits
-Geothermal Heat Pumps**
-Outdoor Heat Pumps

Warm Air Furnaces

-Electric Furnace
-Natural Gas Furnace
-Oil Furnace**
-Propane Furnace

** Loving Air does not do service work, repairs or installation of fireplaces, stoves, geothermal or oil systems.

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Warm Air Furnaces

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Unit Heaters

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