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Choosing a System for Your Light Commercial Heating Needs

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

When running a business, no matter the size, your heating system has to be both effective and energy efficient; after all, it doesn’t serve you or your business well if most of your budget is going toward heating your commercial space. So what are your options when it comes to light commercial heating in Odessa? Here are some system choices to consider:

Packaged Unit

Packaged units come in a variety of combinations to allow you to both heat and cool your space with a single, packaged unit. The main 3 combinations include:

  • A hybrid heating system (heat pump combined with back-up gas furnace)
  • Gas furnace/whole-space air conditioner
  • Heat pump system

Working with a trained expert can help you decide what type of packaged unit will work best for your space, your employees and your business.

Split-System Heating: Two Choices

When it comes to having a split heating system, where part of the system is housed outdoors and the other is indoors, you have 2 main choices:

  • Heat pump
  • Hybrid system

With both a heat pump system and hybrid system, you have an outdoor unit that contains the condenser and compressor. The outdoor unit absorbs the available heat in the air, concentrates it, then blows the warm air into your business space. In the summer, it’s the opposite: the warm air inside is absorbed and transferred to the outdoors.

Hybrid systems take things a step further: with a hybrid system, you have a back-up gas furnace that turns on automatically when the air temperature outside reaches a certain degree, usually around the freezing mark. This is because heat pumps absorb heat from the air outdoors, and when the air becomes cold, there is less available heat to absorb. In a hybrid system, the outdoor unit is equipped with a sensor that reads the temperature, and when the outdoor air reaches the temperature you’ve pre-set, typically a few degrees above freezing, your dual-fuel thermostat automatically switches to the back-up gas furnace for heating. A second pre-set temperature setting switches the heating action back to the heat pump.

If you are having difficulty deciding what kind of light commercial heating system to install in Odessa, call Ierna’s Heating & Cooling today and schedule an appointment with one of our experts.

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Schedule Maintenance Today for Your Light Commercial Heating System

Thursday, December 4th, 2014

Your light commercial heating system won’t run forever, but it can last well over a decade with the proper maintenance. Here in Tampa, it’s not often that we need to switch into heating mode. Because of this, you may forget that maintenance is vital to the performance of a heater, just as it is with an air conditioner. If it’s been a couple of years or more since your heater has gotten a tune up, there’s certainly a chance that something may go wrong.

Professional maintenance is the best way to protect your system from damage or from a premature breakdown. If you schedule maintenance today, it’s unlikely that you’ll notice any further repair needs this heating season. Besides, light commercial heating system maintenance may increase the lifespan of your unit and improve efficiency. Standard wear and tear on your commercial system means the parts end up using a lot of energy to run, but a tune up can save you a lot over time.

Can’t I Perform Maintenance On My Own?

Maintenance is not something that just anyone can perform. Professionals simply know the ins and outs of heating systems to better protect and prolong the life of your system. Most heating technicians have years of experience and training, and understand what to look for when inspecting to damage and making minor adjustments. Without the proper skills, you may clean a component using the incorrect procedures or gloss over an important repair need. Always trust heating experts to make sure your system is in top shape before they leave.

During professional maintenance, a technician cleans and adjusts various components of the system and thoroughly inspects each and every part. Even a light commercial heating system may be quite large, and some hidden parts could be in trouble. Your technician will let you know if a component needs repair so that you can schedule service now, before a major problem leads to a breakdown on the day your business needs heating the most.

Contact Ierna’s Heating & Cooling to learn more about how you can improve comfort on your commercial property by scheduling annual light commercial heating system maintenance in Tampa.

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