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Your Furnace Service Experts in Birmingham, AL
Furnaces have been around for quite a long time, and are still the most commonly used heating systems in homes throughout the Birmingham, AL area. There’s a good reason for this, as furnaces are affordable, effective, and work well in just about any home setting. Whether you’re looking for a gas furnace installation or prefer an electric furnace, you can count on our team for the installation. We also sell used furnaces when available, just call and ask!
Sullivan Service Co. has been Birmingham-owned since 1959, and we take pride in providing exceptional furnace services in addition to superior customer service to all of our clients throughout the communities we serve. Contact us today to learn about your furnace options or to schedule maintenance and repairs for your existing furnace.
Which Furnace Is Best for You?
If you don’t already have a furnace installed in your home, then you might be wondering which is better: gas or electric. Honestly, neither of these is inherently "better" than the other. They both have their benefits and drawbacks that will play out differently depending on your specific needs. So, what are the differences?
- Gas Furnaces: These are the most common heaters seen in homes throughout Birmingham, AL and even throughout the country. Natural gas is an affordable, plentiful, and powerful fuel source. This is why it’s used in so many appliances. Of course, a gas furnace requires constant access to a fuel source in order to operate. So if you live in a neighborhood or a community that doesn’t have easy access to a gas line, then you won’t be able to use a gas furnace. It is possible that you can have a gas line installed, if you’re close enough to the city’s main gas line. This is dependent on a number of factors, however.
- Electric Furnaces: Electricity is a more expensive heat source than natural gas, and therefore electric furnaces are less popular than their gas–powered counterparts. But electric furnaces can operate pretty much anywhere there is electricity, making them more versatile than gas furnaces. Electric furnaces don’t produce combustion byproducts like carbon monoxide, either. While the gas furnaces of today are built with safety in mind, this is a concern for many homeowners that can be eliminated with the installation of an electric system.
How to Get the Best Performance from Your Furnace
Whether you choose a gas furnace or an electric system, if you have any hope of it lasting throughout its entire lifespan and performing as efficiently as possible during that time, then you’ll want to schedule routine maintenance for the system.
Ask us about our Comfort Zone Service Agreement. This is our maintenance program, which affords you a number of advantages, such as discounts on repairs and equipment purchases, and priority service. During your maintenance session, we’ll alert you to any repair needs that might exist. Getting these repairs on your schedule right away will reduce your risk of running into an emergency later on.
What Is a Dual Fuel System?
Are you already using a furnace, but wondering if there’s a more efficient way to heat your home? After all, since most of the year we are paying to cool our homes in Birmingham, AL, it makes sense that you want to save as much money as possible when winter rolls around. Let’s discuss the dual fuel system!
Dual fuel systems utilize a heat pump—the year–round home comfort system that enables you to heat and cool your home all with one unit. But, a heat pump can struggle when temperatures drop below a certain point, which makes them less efficient than a furnace. A dual fuel system combines the heat pump with a gas furnace, and during the winter, whichever one is more efficient will cycle on to keep your comfort levels where they should be, while helping to save energy, and money.