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I Need A New Heater—What Are My Options?


Although our winters in Pomaria, SC are mild, you still need a reliable heating system when temperatures drop. If your current heating system hasn’t been keeping you warm enough, it’s time to think about a new heating system. Whether you replace what you have with the same type of system, or upgrade to something new, let’s go over your options for a new heater.

No matter what type of system you choose, be sure to hire a reputable heating contractor for its installation. You don’t want to compromise the integrity of your brand-new HVAC system with a shoddy installation job.


Furnaces are still the most common type of heating system in homes across the US today. Let’s face it—they’re fairly inexpensive to purchase upfront and given how little you use your heating system, you don’t have to worry too much about a lack of efficiency. 

The main drawback of furnaces is that they only supply heat. If your AC is due for replacement as well, you should strongly consider a heat pump.

Heat Pumps

Heat pumps are gaining popularity, not just in climates like ours, but around the world. And for good reason. They’re 2-in-1 systems, which means they provide both heating and cooling.

A heat pump is essentially an air conditioning system that can reverse the flow of refrigerant and provide heating. That means unlike in areas with freezing winter temperatures where homeowners have to worry about whether a heat pump can keep up with the cold, you don’t have to worry about its ability to keep your house cool. Heat pumps can handle the heat!

Mini Splits

Mini splits are heat pumps that don’t need ductwork. Although these systems can be more expensive than furnaces, the saying “you get what you pay for” certainly applies. Homeowners who have made the switch to mini splits have recognized the many benefits of these systems.

Not only will you be saving money on utilities with all-electric heat pump technology, but mini splits provide amazing single-room or single-zone heating and cooling. Instead of a forced-air system that requires you to heat and cool the entire home, you can turn on a single mini split at a time. When you can choose which rooms to heat and cool, you’ll greatly reduce your utility usage—and utility costs.

Radiant Heating

Radiant heating systems are still installed today and are a great option for people who love the cozy heat they provide. These systems work by transferring thermal energy between solid objects. The most common type of radiant heating system is a boiler, but some systems are entirely electric.

Radiant heating systems have greater energy efficiency than forced-air systems like a furnaces. Boiler systems are particularly effective and efficient because water tends to absorb more heat and hold onto it longer than air can. If your home has an outdated radiant heating system and you can’t imagine having any other type of heating system, contact us today to discuss your options.

Contact Fulmer Heating & Cooling today for heating services in Pomaria, SC!

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