Assessing The Most Efficient Heating Systems

Heating System in Ponca City, OK

Choosing between a central furnace, a central heat pump, or a ductless mini-split will largely be dictated by your climate and the design of your home. But there are still some potential decisions to make that can determine how efficient your home heating is.

Electric vs. Fuel

Most furnaces are either electric or burn natural gas. If you’re replacing a system, you will typically stick with the connection you have unless there are incentives covering the cost of the switch. If you do have the choice, it can be a tough one. Electric is a cleaner fuel source, and electric furnaces are cheaper to purchase and install. Gas furnaces are cheaper to run on a monthly basis, however, and that lower expense results in gas furnaces being the cheaper option over the life of the equipment.


AFUE is a heating efficiency rating used to compare furnaces, heat pumps, and other heating equipment. An 80 AFUE rating means that a furnace converts 80% of the fuel it burns into heat. For a furnace to earn the ENERGY STAR label, it must have an AFUE rating of at least 90.

Programmable Thermostat

A smart thermostat is integral to ensuring that your heating equipment runs as efficiently as possible. The EPA estimates that an ENERGY STAR smart thermostat can save you about $180 a year.

Zoned Heating

If you already have ductwork, upgrading to distinct HVAC zones can save you a lot in the years ahead. In fact, the EPA estimates that you can reduce your costs by as much as 30%.

Your Heating Experts in Ponca City

Stolhand-Wells Plumbing, Heating, and Air has served Ponca City, Stillwater, and the surrounding areas since 1977. Our company installs all manner of heating equipment and also offers heating maintenance and repair services. We also install, maintain and repair air conditioners, and our licensed plumbers can handle everything from fixing leaky faucets to installing state-of-the-art reverse osmosis systems. If you would like to schedule an appointment or want more information about our services, call us or contact us online.