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What Are My Options for Heating Installation?

If you want to upgrade your heater, you have a variety of options to choose from. While it may be easy to replace your current heating system with a similar but upgraded model, we encourage you to consider all of your options. Even if your current heater has served your needs very well, there may be a better option out there for your home and family.

You can keep reading to learn more about the pros and cons of your different heater options. Then, you can give our team a call to schedule an assessment for heating installation in Fresno. We would be happy to review these options with you and talk to you about what our recommendation is for your home.


A furnace is a pretty standard option when it comes to heating. You can choose between an electric or gas furnace, and each system has its own unique pros and cons. Electric furnaces are usually considered more energy efficient than gas furnaces, although gas furnaces can heat your home up faster. 

Even though gas furnaces are technically less efficient because they lose some energy during the combustion process, your energy costs with a gas furnace may still be lower than if you had an electric furnace. Gas furnaces produce heat very quickly and can warm up your home in less time. It really comes down to your individual preference and whether or not you have access to gas lines or not.

Ductless Heating

Ductless heating is an increasingly popular choice since the system also offers air conditioning all in one. Ductless units get installed around your home by way of miniature heat pumps in each room or zone. Each of these miniature units connects to a larger central outdoor unit. One reason that homeowners love ductless heating is for the level of customization that is available. 

Each room can maintain a unique temperature so that each family member can control their own comfort levels. Ductless heating is considered one of the most efficient options and can save you up to half on your energy costs. It’s also a much safer option, especially compared to a gas furnace.

Dual Fuel Systems

A dual fuel system uses a single central heat pump that is very similar to a central air conditioner. However, in addition to offering the ability to cool your home, it also provides heat thanks to the reversing valve that allows refrigerant channel in the opposite direction and bring heat into your home. Just like ductless heating, this is a much safer option. 

However, a central heat pump loses efficiency when temperatures drop below 40. Although that doesn’t often very often here, we can install a small add-on furnace to kick in and help when your heat pump isn’t operating efficiently, hence the name dual fuel. This is the best of both worlds when it comes to choosing between a heat pump or a furnace because you don’t have to choose. You get both.

Gas Fireplaces

We also install gas fireplaces, although we don’t recommend investing in this in place of a central heater. However, if you would like to have a little extra heat and add some ambiance to your home, a gas fireplace is a great way to do that. You can make your living room more cozy and enjoy the added warmth and visual of a fireplace. 

Keep in mind that with a gas fireplace or any other gas heaters we encourage you to have carbon monoxide detectors installed as a safety measure. Gas appliances are perfectly safe to use, but leaks are not uncommon. Since gas doesn’t have an odor, you may not realize you have a leak right away without a carbon monoxide detector.

The team at California Indoor Comfort is here to help. Schedule an appointment today for heater installation. Where comfort and technology come together.

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