Heaters + Other Comfort Systems to Know

If you’ve been shopping around for a new furnace, heat pump or other heating system in Madison County, you may have noticed that heaters are available in a variety of formats. Even more confounding, most heating systems are engineered to warm specific environments.

Serving the communities of Madison County for 40 plus years, Hoffmann Brothers distinguishes the differences between the furnace, ductless heating systems, air handler and furnaces.

Air handler

Often referred to as an electric furnace, air handlers appeal to the Madison County household preferring energy efficiency. Often, these heating systems are compatible with geothermal or solar-assisted heat pumps.

Ductless heating system

Well suited for cozy spaces, the ductless heating system works well in the solarium, library, bedroom and other small quarters.

Contact Hoffmann Brothers if a ductless heating system is conducive for your home?


Relying on natural gas or other fossil fuels, today’s furnaces afford more energy efficiency than ever. If your home’s furnace is more than 10 years old, you could recover your annual heating costs by 30 percent.

Consumer note: Currently, many furnaces with an AFUE of 80 are on sell because these will be discontinued after May 1, 2013.

Heat Pumps

Over recent years, heat pumps have emerged as a popular option in Madison County. Heat pumps afford good efficiency, because it transfers heat rather than produces it the way furnaces do. And contrary to some, heat pumps also work in conjunction with a home’s air conditioning system. When the climate is humid, heat pumps are good at removing moisture from the air.

More importantly, an Energy Star certified heat pump conserves at least 35 percent in energy utility costs. Compare heat pumps models according to the seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER), with 20 being the best.

Contact Hoffmann Brothers to determine which heating system fits your household’s budget and energy savings. For the best heating service in Madison County, please dial (314) 664-3011.

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