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by Erika Mehlhaff

Cooler weather is around the corner in Texas, so homeowners are preparing the heating components of their central heating and cooling systems. Though most Texas HVAC concerns center around keeping air conditioning systems running well because temperatures can be very warm for much of the year, central heating is an important feature in Texas homes, too. Winters are milder and shorter in Texas than in many other parts of the country, but staying warm during those times is vital.


Central Heating Basics

Home heating systems distribute heat throughout homes, providing a consistent and comfortable temperature inside, regardless of the weather conditions outside. There are various types of home heating systems, but most work on the same fundamental principles; each has a heat source, a method of heat distribution, and a temperature control mechanism.


A central heating system is a component of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems. It has a heat source that generates heat energy to warm the air that will be circulated throughout the home once the air reaches a specific temperature set by the homeowner. In most modern homes, the distribution of the heated air is accomplished via a network of ducting. A thermostat is used to control the temperature within the space, monitoring the current temperature and signaling the heating system to cycle on or off to maintain the desired temperature.


Does Central Heating Use Gas or Electricity?

Does your central heating system primarily use gas or electricity as its energy source? Different types of systems have different energy sources. If you have gas central heating, you most likely will have a furnace as the heat source. Gas furnaces, which burn natural gas to produce heat, are one of the most common heating systems in use today. (Gas boilers are another heat source; they heat water and circulate it through radiators or underfloor heating systems. Boilers are more suited to homes in colder climates.)


Electric central heating is another type of home heating system. These systems use things like electric furnaces or electric heat pumps as heat sources. Electric furnaces use heating elements powered by electricity to produce heat; they are less common than gas furnaces. While some Texans have electric furnaces, many have or choose to upgrade to electric heat pumps. Heat pumps are becoming increasingly popular, especially because they can be used for both heating and cooling purposes. They work by transferring heat from the outside air or the ground to the inside of the home. While they do require electricity to operate, they tend to be a highly efficient option.


Central heating systems play a vital role in maintaining a comfortable indoor environment during cooler weather. The Coolest LLC is your go-to HVAC installation and maintenance company based in Austin, Texas. The experts at The Coolest are the competent professionals you need when it comes to temperature control and comfort in your home, in warm and cool weather. They can help you with everything from HVAC installation to scheduled maintenance. Contact The Coolest LLC for advice, information, and free estimates.