When you live in Miami, Florida, the heating system in your home is not really a priority. You’re probably more concerned about how you’re going to keep yourself cool during the heat. Because we rarely need heat in Florida, having a large heating system, like a furnace, is not strictly necessary or cost effective. One popular alternative is a heat strip system. Here we explore some of the reasons why a heat strip might be a good idea for your home.
What is a Heat Strip
For those who are unfamiliar with heat strips, they operate in a similar fashion to portable electric space heaters that you plug into your wall. Heat strips have coils of wires that heat up the air around them. They are typically installed in your central AC unit. When needed, they heat up and your air conditioning system’s fan blows air over them. The heated air is carried through your normal air conditioning ducting and delivered to the rooms in your house.
Benefits of a Heat Strip
- Few moving parts – The heat strip pretty much just sits in your air conditioning system waiting to be used. All it needs is a power source and a connection to your thermostat so there really aren’t any moving parts. This makes them durable and low maintenance.
- Heat up quickly – The heat strip using electric resistance to create heat. This is a very fast process. If you’ve used a portable electric heater, or a toaster, the coils get red and generate heat quickly.
- Easy to maintain – Heat strips, because they are comprised of few parts, are very easy to clean and maintain.
- Easy to Install – With compatible units, the heat strip is almost a plug-and-play component. Professional installation is usually quick and less expensive than some traditional systems.
If you have any questions about your heat strip or if you’d like to know if a heat strip is a good option for your home in Miami, call Air On Demand today.