When you hear the word “Arctic” you may immediately think of snow, freezing winds, polar bears, and staying warm. With temperatures reaching as low as -81℉ (Oymyakon, Russia 2021) in permanently populated areas, having a reliable and hardworking HVAC system can not only keep you comfortable but alive. Some popular HVAC systems in the Arctic include air-source heat pumps, ground-source heat pumps, electric and wood furnaces, boilers, and radiant heating systems.
Air-source heat pumps work by transferring heat from the outside air to the inside air, even when the outside air is very cold. Ground-source heat pumps use the consistent heat from the ground and transfer it to the inside air. They are increasing in popularity because they are being built to run more efficiently and are rated to operate in temperatures below zero.
Radiant heating is also a very energy-efficient option since it heats objects inside the house and not just the air. It can be installed in the walls, floors, or ceiling and there is less heat/energy loss with this method.
In areas with an abundance of trees, a wood-burning furnace may be more affordable than an electric one but they require more maintenance. Close attention must be paid to keep the fire burning and make sure the ash and chimney are cleaned regularly to avoid fires or other hazards.
While heating is the primary focus for HVAC in the Arctic there are some areas that are experiencing temperatures in the triple digits. Global warming is slowly increasing the Earth’s temperature and this is having a dramatic effect on the Arctic regions. So as temperatures rise, residents will need to be comfortable in the summer as well.
With extreme temperature ranges like these, the best way to choose an HVAC system for an Arctic home or business is to look local! It would be next to impossible to choose, much less install the right system without professional advice. And while here in Texas don’t see life-threatening cold temperatures, we live with extreme heat and it is just as important to talk to an expert about choosing a new or maintaining your HVAC system.
Here at Quigley, we know the Texas summers and winters and can help you choose the best HVAC system for your needs. We offer maintenance plans to help ensure your system is running efficiently, maintain its warranty, and give you years of comfort. Ask us about the special financing and rebate offers from Lennox®️ when you buy a new HVAC system.