Oil heat has been popular for years for homes in the Northeast. Many historic homes rely on oil and radiators for heat. With the warmer winter weather over the past few years, and decreased cost for fossil fuels, oil heat can look like a great deal. But prices can vary across a heating season, leaving homeowners with a tough choice - do you buy a seasonal contract with your local oil supplier, locking in a price early, reducing the risk of spiking prices, or do you take your chances that prices will go down and you’ll save money, assuming your tanks need topping off when prices are low? It’s like making a bet in a casino, and that’s not a game every homeowner should have to play.
Oil is the infant of heat: it’s fuel hungry, space-consuming and expensive. Oil heating systems use fossil fuels, which are vulnerable to changing markets, and just like gas for your car- you seem never to pay the same price twice. Oil systems also take up a good amount of space in your home with all the required components- the furnace, a boiler, oil tanks and radiators or baseboards. Though oil is often considered an efficient heat for harsh winters, it lacks the technology to be fully efficient.
As a result, the number of homes across the Country using oil heat has declined, with newer homes choosing electric, heat pumps and geothermal heat pump solutions over oil, propane and natural gas. These newer technologies are less dependent on fossil fuels and are much more efficient over the long run, saving homeowners money while increasing comfort.
Many homes will have areas that just don’t stay warm in the winter or cool during the summer. Whether we're talking about the large turn of the century homes in the Park Avenue neighborhoods, the lovely homes in East Rochester and Fairport, or the distinctive homes in Pittsford, Victor, and Perinton, many of these homes have spots that can be sauna-hot while others are "must-have-a-sweater" cold, no matter where the thermostat is set. Hyper Heat by Mitsubishi is a ductless, heat pump system that adds a small wall mounted unit to your wall and a compact outdoor compressor. It acts as a heater in the winter, and air conditioning in the summer, making it a perfect, year-round solution for those areas without requiring an overhaul of your current system. And as a bonus, homeowners who have added Hyper Heat to their existing systems will often see a dramatic drop in their overall heating bills, as this efficient system takes a burden off the work done by your current conventional system.
Unlike previous generations of heat pumps, Hyper Heat is able to work efficiently down to temperatures as low as -13F, which is critical in Rochester winters. This makes it a great solution for homes that would have never thought of using a heat pump in the past. The ability to maintain a constant temperature, easily and efficiently, year-round is a real plus, and can often make these hard to heat spaces the most comfortable spaces in your home. In addition, the fact that the units also act as air conditioners in our increasingly hot and humid summers can make areas like third floor walkup attics, bonus rooms over the garage, and even three season rooms the most popular places in the home, rather than the least used areas!
We've also found homeowners with lake homes and cottages that are installing Hyper Heat systems to extend the season and get more use out of their home away from home. Whether you are looking for a way to keep your oil bills down and add comfort to your home, or add a system to get more out of your vacation home, Hyper Heat may be just the solution you are looking for. Click here to learn more about Hyper Heat and how it might be exactly what you need for your family, increasing comfort in both winter and summer.
If you are interested in talking about how Hyper Heat can start saving you money right away, please call Airquip at (585) 641-3080 or fill out a contact form by clicking here. We’d love to help you find the perfect solution to help your family get the most out of your home while reducing bills today.