Systems

If your system is older, you may be able to cut your fuel bills and your system's pollution output with a new, energy-efficient air conditioning and heating system.

There are many options available to choose from, so you should work with a professional to determine the right type of system for your home. To find out more, contact ARS®/Rescue Rooter® at 866-399-2885 to schedule a no-cost analysis of the benefits and savings of replacing your system.

Dual-Fuel

A dual-fuel heat pump is an electric heat pump and a gas furnace all in one. In areas of the country where temperatures are typically above freezing and that have low electric rates, a heat pump is generally the most efficient way to heat your home. In those few instances when the temperature drops below freezing, a gas furnace typically provides heat more economically. By combining the two, you can have the benefits of both systems.

Dual-fuel heat pump systems costs about $600 to $1,000 more than conventional heating and cooling systems because you’re getting essentially two systems in one. But the amount you'll save in the next two to three years from lower heating costs can more than make up the difference you spend on this versatile system.

To learn more, contact ARS®/Rescue Rooter® at 866-399-2885 to schedule a no-cost analysis of the benefits and savings of replacing your system.

Ductless Mini-Split

Ductless heating and cooling systems can be a good choice for room additions where extending or installing distribution ductwork is not feasible, and for older homes without air ducts.

A ductless HVAC system operates like a conventional heat pump. The difference is that instead of a single indoor unit distributing heated or cooled air through ductwork, a ductless mini-split system has multiple small units serving individual rooms or zones.

The main advantages of mini-splits are their small size and flexibility for heating and cooling individual rooms. Many models can have up to four indoor air-handling units connected to one outdoor unit. Each zone has its own thermostat, so you can condition each space individually, potentially saving energy and money. The biggest disadvantage of ductless mini-split systems is their cost, which can be about 30% more than central systems and may cost twice as much as window units of similar capacity.

To find out more, contact ARS®/Rescue Rooter® at 866-399-2885 to schedule a no-cost analysis of the benefits and savings of replacing your system.

Geothermal

These units use the constant temperature of the earth as the exchange medium instead of the outside air temperature. Since the ground temperature is warmer than the air above it during the winter, and cooler than the air in the summer, geothermal heat pumps exchange heat with the earth to heat and cool your home, providing a geothermal air conditioning and heating system.

Compared to air-source heat pumps, geothermal heat pumps are more efficient, quieter, last longer, need little maintenance, and do not depend on the temperature of the outside air.

Even though the installation price of a geothermal system can be several times that of an air-source system of the same heating and cooling capacity, the additional costs are returned to you in energy savings in 5 to 10 years. Note that the installation of a geothermal air conditioning and heating system depends on the size of your lot, your subsoil and your landscape.

Another option, a dual-source heat pump, combines a standard air-source heat pump with a geothermal heat pump. These appliances combine the best of both systems. Dual-source heat pumps have higher efficiency ratings than air-source units, but are not as efficient as geothermal units. The main advantage of dual-source systems is that they cost much less to install than a single geothermal unit, and work almost as well.

To find out more, contact ARS®/Rescue Rooter® at 866-399-2885 to schedule a no-cost analysis of the benefits and savings of replacing your system.

Heat Pumps

In a mild climate, a heat pump system may be your best option for effective and efficient heat.

A heat pump is simply an air conditioner that can switch to become a heating unit. When air conditioners process refrigerants such as Freon, they create a tremendous amount of heat. The heat pump simply reverses part of the process to extract and distribute that heat throughout the home.

Heat pumps are generally very energy-efficient for central heating in climates where the temperature is somewhat mild. However, if the outside temperature falls below 37°F, heat pumps need to run constantly to maintain warmth.

Combine with a Furnace

Dual-fuel systems use an electric heat pump during milder temperatures (above freezing) along with a gas furnace during cold weather. This solution has become a popular solution for maximum comfort.

To find out more, contact ARS®/Rescue Rooter® at 866-399-2885 to schedule a no-cost analysis of the benefits and savings of replacing your system.

Zone

Zone heating and cooling systems allow you to control the temperature in each part of the home. Zoning can be accomplished in different ways by installing multiple comfort systems to heat and cool different parts of the home. For example, you could add supplemental heating sources such as space heaters or gas fireplaces.

Another option is to use a single furnace with mechanical zone dampers installed in the ductwork to direct the airflow only to where it’s needed.

If done properly, zone heating and cooling systems can help save on energy costs because they are operating only to boost or lower the temperature in areas where needed. But as with any heating and/or cooling system, the key to achieving maximum energy efficiency and comfort is professional system design and proper installation.

To find out more, contact ARS®/Rescue Rooter® at 866-399-2885 to schedule a no-cost analysis of the benefits and savings of replacing your system.

Radiant

If you've ever felt the warmth of a stove from across the room, you've experienced radiant heat. Radiant heat systems work by running heating elements, usually under the floor but sometimes through the ceiling or walls.

Radiant heating is growing in popularity because of its efficiency. Unlike forced air heat for example, no energy is lost through ducts. The lack of moving air can also be advantageous to people with severe allergies.

Electric radiant heating is more costly, but may make sense for additions onto homes for which it would be impractical to extend the heating system into the addition. However, homeowners should examine other options, such as mini-split heat pumps, which operate more efficiently and have the advantage of also providing cooling.

Radiant heating is very consistent and comfortable, and may be an option for a new home. However, because these systems usually have to be installed in the home's floor, they are quite costly and tend to be only appropriate for dry climates.

To find out more, contact ARS®/Rescue Rooter® at 866-399-2885 to schedule a no-cost analysis of the benefits and savings of replacing your system.