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Are There Other Choices for Central Heating Aside from a Furnace?

If you are considering having a residential heating system installed this fall, either for a new home or as a replacement for an aging heater, then you have more choices available to you than ever before. It’s easy to get trapped into thinking that a furnace, the most popular type of heater in the country, is the only viable option, but it’s simply not true. Furnaces are very effective at what they do, but if you’re looking for a change or you no longer want to rely on gas power, there are some excellent central heating system alternatives. We’ll look at a few of them.

Heat pumps

A heat pump is a device that works as both a cooling and heating system. The design is similar to an air conditioner: an electrically-powered compressor circulates refrigerant between indoor and outdoor units, and the refrigerant carries heat from one location to release it in the other. The difference with a heat pump is that it can switch the direction the refrigerant moves so that it can bring heat from the outside into the home, operating also as a heating system. For the mild winters in Florida, heat pumps make a great deal of sense.

Ductless mini split heat pumps

If you’re involved in new home construction, home remodeling, or adding on rooms, a ductless mini split is an excellent option. These systems use individual air handlers placed in different rooms to blow out heated (or cooled) air directly into the living spaces. The air handlers connect through the back of the wall to an outdoor unit. The lack of ductwork makes these systems ideal for building projects.


You may think that geothermal is out of reach. But more homeowners are discovering the flexibility of modern geothermal heating and cooling. The immense energy savings of going geothermal helps them to quickly pay back their installation costs, and harnessing the heat of the stable heat of the earth makes these systems highly reliable.

Talk to Kool Breeze of Northwest Florida, Inc. today to learn more about your heating installation options in Pensacola Beach, FL.

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