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Choosing a System for Your Light Commercial Heating Needs

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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