Heating Repair & Installation Contractor
A quality furnace or heat pump provides comfort during the cold winter months. As HVAC technology continues to evolve, modern heating appliances are quieter and more economical than units manufactured just over a decade ago.
A new heating system is a significant investment in indoor comfort and energy efficiency. Many homeowners meticulously research different equipment features and options. However, it is important to recognize the critical role the heating contractor plays in determining the performance and operating cost of the system.
At P & M Air Conditioning and Heating, we believe the customer should understand every aspect of the heating appliance selection and installation process. Our friendly comfort specialists are available to answer any questions relating to cost, efficiency, reliability and system longevity.
Choosing a Heating Appliance
In most buildings, an air to air heat pump or a forced air furnace is the heating appliance of choice. Selecting a particular model is typically based on fuel availability and the severity of local winters. Since our winters here in the Greater Houston area tend to be fairly mild, homeowners have a lot of options available to them. Let’s take a look at the two most common heating options in our area:
Furnaces are configured for natural gas, fuel oil and propane. Natural gas models are the most common since gas is inexpensive and readably available in most areas. Fuel oil is generally considered a less desirable option because of the requirement for a storage tank and higher maintenance costs. Propane is used almost exclusively in rural areas where natural gas is unavailable.
A furnace’s effectiveness is determined by its Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) rating, which was developed by the Department of Energy to provide consumers with a simple way to compare current furnace models. The rating system assigns numerical values based on the percentage of fuel that is converted into heat energy during the burn process. For example, an 80 AFUE rated furnace exhausts 20 percent of the fuel it uses through the venting system in the form of waste gas.
A heat pump operates like a traditional air conditioner using the principles of the refrigeration cycle. However, a heat pump incorporates a reversing valve, which allows the refrigerant to flow in either direction. This technology lets the user change the unit into an air conditioner or heating appliance depending on the thermostat mode.
Heat pumps are especially effective in climates with mild winter weather. In areas without natural gas, a heat pump can be an effective alternative if the outdoor temperature is not especially severe. In municipalities with low rates for electricity, heat pumps can be very economical to operate.
Complete Heating Repair Services
During the cold winter months, a broken heat pump or furnace can pose serious health risks for those living in your home. When a unit malfunctions, it is important to choose a heating contractor with the experience and skill to address every aspect of heating repair and maintenance.
At P & M, we maintain a full staff of NATE certified technicians who are equipped with advanced diagnostic and repair tools. They work quickly to identify the faulty parts and perform the necessary repairs. Each service inquiry receives prompt attention and we even offer 24-hour emergency service since the need for repairs can arise around the clock.
Reliable and Efficient Heating Services
P & M provides a full array of HVAC related services. In every phase of the project, we work diligently to ensure that your heating system delivers exceptional performance over an extended lifecycle.