Right now, the majority of the U.S. is undergoing one of the harshest winters in years. But that frigid weather seems far removed from Southern California, for which we should all feel grateful—and make sure we don’t mention it to our friends and family who live elsewhere.
We still need heating systems in Riverside, CA, but we approach heating differently than regions with colder climates. You will run your heater less and have different demands for it. Here are heating systems we think work well for our pleasant climate and its occasional cold days and nights.
For specific help for your home’s needs, contact Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air. Our professional installers will find the type and size of heater to suit you and install it so it will run smoothly for years.
Heating system options for sunny California
The heat pump is a superlative system for a warm climate, for two very good reasons.
The first is that it is a system that combines both heating and cooling. Essentially, a heat pump is a powerful air conditioner that can switch the direction it moves heat so that it pulls heat inside your home during cold weather. You will use the AC more, but because the heating requires only a small amount of electricity, you will save money on your annual heating bills.
Second, a heat pump works best in warmer climates because it needs to draw heat from the outdoor air while in heating mode. For extremely cold climates, heat pumps can suffer drops in efficiency when trying to provide heat. This isn’t a problem for Southern California. As long as the temperature remains above freezing, the heat pump won’t lose any efficiency while running in heating mode.
But don’t disregard the furnace as an option. For Southern California, an electric furnace is often a good choice. Electric furnaces are not often recommended over gas-powered furnaces in other parts of the country because electricity is more expensive than gas and electric furnaces do not provide the same level of heat. But in Southern California, you will run the furnace less, making it more cost-effective, and will not need extreme heat levels. If you don’t have a natural gas line in your home, an electric furnace is often your most economical option.
Get skilled help to make the choice
There is no simple answer for what heating systems in Riverside, CA are the “best” for you. You need to have a professional look over your home and energy supply to determine that. Perhaps a gas-powered furnace will work better for you than either a heat pump or an electric furnace. Call Avis Plumbing, Heating and Air to get started with finding the true best option for you.