Excalibur’s Heating Services in Phoenix, AZ

Is your heater experiencing trouble? Are you building a new home and you’re not sure which heater to buy? Rest easy. Excalibur has experience with many different heating options. Given the warm Greater Phoenix area, it can be difficult to determine what, if any, heat systems are right for your home. In the winter, we can experience average lows in the 50’s. To ensure comfort, a heating unit is needed to regulate the temperature of your home.

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Heating Your Home in the Arizona Desert Climate

In desert climates, there are a select number of options for heating your home. In our experience, heat pumps and gas furnaces are the most popular options.

Heat pumps provide ductless options to conventional gas furnaces. They work well in desert and other temperate climates due to their efficiency. A heat pump works to move air in and out of your home depending on what you need. Heat pumps can cool a home as well. When you would like to cool your home, the pump takes warm air from outside and cools it. There is usually a reversing valve on the heat pump that lets you switch between warm and cool air.

The main principle behind heat pumps is heat transference. Instead of taking warm air and using energy to make it cool, like with an air conditioner, a heat pump just pulls warm air from the area. According to How it Works Home and Garden, “The key to allowing the air-air heat pump to also cool is the reversing valve. This versatile part reverses the flow of the refrigerant, so that the system begins to operate in the opposite direction. So instead of pumping heat inside your home, the heat pump releases it, just like your air conditioner does. When the refrigerant is reversed, it absorbs heat on the indoor side of the unit and flows to the outside. It’s here that the heat is released, allowing the refrigerant to cool down again and flow back inside to pick up more heat. This process repeats itself until you’re nice and cool.”

Often controlled by a wall mounted thermostat, gas furnaces work a bit differently from heat pumps. They are much more common in cooler climates to the North, but some homes in the Greater Peoria and Phoenix area use them. The center of a gas or propane furnace contains a burner controlled by a thermostat. When the temperature indoors falls below a comfortable level, the thermostat signals the furnace. The furnace then combines air and fuel, and the gaseous mixture gets ignited by an electronic igniter. The now combusted hot gas begins to rise through the heat exchanger situated above the burner. The air is heated and then pumped through the home until the desired temperature is reached. The remaining hot air exits the furnace from a vent which leads out of the house. The larger the home, the bigger the furnace. Smaller homes and condominiums may require a one or two burner furnace, while others have a much larger capacity. These ductless systems, like forced air conditioners utilize a large part called an air handler. The air handler acts as a blower and pushes air where it’s needed in the home or building. An air handler is also where the air filter is located; it keeps dust and dirt from entering the ventilation system.

Installation and Replacement of Thermostats for your Arizona Home or Commercial Property

Excalibur doesn’t just deal with entire system installation and maintenance, we are also familiar with the repair and replacement of important heating system parts. Thermostats are often a necessary replacement. As more become outfitted with Wi-Fi connections and integrated with cloud systems, the more demand there is for replacing old thermostat models.

Besides replacing outdated thermostats, we can be sure they are positioned in the right location to ensure maximum efficiency. For example, a thermostat installed too closely to furnaces can greatly affect a home’s comfort level. By being too close to a furnace, the temperature readings could be off.

For best results a thermostat should be placed:

  • Far from the kitchen due to residual heat.
  • Out of direct sunlight.
  • Away from air vents. Too close to a vent and the temperature of the whole house will be skewed.
  • Nowhere near windows and doors. Drafts could affect the temperature reading.
  • Close to wherever your family or people in a commercial setting spend the most time. That’s where your comfort really matters.

What Are the Benefits of Heat Pumps and Furnaces?

Each of these systems works differently and are ideal for certain spaces. So what are the benefits of each of these pieces of technology in our homes or in commercial buildings?

Heat Pump Benefits:

  • For homes without a gas line, this may be your only option for heating.
  • Heat pumps are generally quieter than furnaces.
  • There is no risk of carbon monoxide poisoning because no gas is being combusted.
  • Because heat pumps don’t require a duct system, they can be inexpensive to install.
  • Heat pumps run off electricity. In the Greater Peoria and Greater Phoenix areas, electricity costs less than gas.

Gas Furnace Benefits:

  • Gas furnaces often last longer than heat pumps – up to 30 years.
  • Furnaces can usually heat a home faster, delivering heat up to 125 degrees Fahrenheit as opposed to a heat pump’s 100 degrees.
  • With less moving parts, furnaces tend to cost less to maintain than heat pumps.
  • If maintained properly, heat pumps can save homeowners an incredible amount of money.
  • Furnaces can heat internal air no matter how cold it is outside. Heat pumps become incredibly inefficient under 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

Which System is Right for You?

Well, that depends. Excalibur can’t guarantee which option will be best because not all homes are the same. What is completely certain for all homes: good insulation is the key to comfort within. If you suspect that your home is not insulated well or that your heating system is working improperly, contact Excalibur Mechanical to help you assess the issue.