Why Heat Your Home With Electric?
Not only is electric heat a safe, clean and comfortable way to heat your home, but it also provides savings when you utilize Jackson Electric Cooperative's dual fuel program. Electric resistance heat is very competitive with other fuel sources and is a very affordable way to heat your whole house or other areas that you find are difficult to keep warm.
- Air Source Heat Pump
- Baseboard Heat
- Electric Boiler
- Electric Thermal Storage
- Ground Source Heat Pump
One of the most efficient ways to both heat and cool your home. An air source heat pump does require a supplemental heat source for those extremely cold days.
An air source heat pump extracts heat from the outside air to heat your home. When properly installed, it can deliver two to four times more heat energy than the electrical energy is consumes, making it very efficient and economical to operate. During the summer, an air source heat pump cools your home like a central air conditioning unit. However, during the cooler months it reverses to provide heat. A properly sized air source heat pump will require a supplemental heat source as the heating needs of the home increases. Most air source heat pumps are installed with a non-electric furnace which qualifies the system for the dual fuel rate.
An easy and inexpensive way to add heat to "cool spots" or an entire home.
Baseboard electric heat is easy and inexpensive to install to heat "cool spots" in your home or heat your entire home. Baseboard heat allows you to adjust the thermostat setting for individual rooms which can help save on energy costs. However, baseboard heaters must be clear of furniture to operate effectively and safely. Baseboard electric heat qualifies for the dual fuel electric rate if installed in conjunction with an automatic fossil fuel or ETS heating system.
An electric boiler, along with a radiant in-floor tubing system, has become one of the most popular heating systems for residential and commercial applications. An electric boiler heats your home by heating water that circulates through tubing installed in the floor or in hot-water baseboard heaters. An electric boiler can be zoned to regulate the temperature in different areas of a building. An electric boiler can meet the needs of most commercial and residential applications. If a boiler system has an automatic fossil fuel backup heat source or if in-floor tubing is imbedded in sand or concrete to store heat, it can qualify for the dual fuel electric rate.
Warm your whole house or an individual room with ETS.
ETS technology is designed to store heat during off-peak hours for heating 24 hours a day and utilize Jackson Electric Cooperative's ETS rate.
Room-sized ETS storage units are an ideal option for homes without a central duct system. They consist of specially designed bricks stored inside a cabinet. Electricity heats the bricks during off-peak hours when electric rates are lowest. When the thermostat calls for heat, a fan blows air across the heat-storing bricks to distribute heat throughout the room.
A centrally ducted ETS system can be used as a furnace or can be combined with a heat pump to offer even greater efficiencies and lower operating costs. A hydronic unit may be added to provide radiant floor heating.
For more information on ETS units or other ways to save on your heating bills this winter, contact Jackson Electric Cooperative.
A ground source heat pump, otherwise known as a geothermal system, is not only the highest efficiency heating and cooling system available, it also uses a renewable energy source - the earth. A GSHP uses the constant temperature of the earth to heat and cool. This allows the system to reach high efficiencies even on the coldest winter nights. Water circulates through a network of durable plastic loop pipe that is buried in the ground which absorbs earth's energy. A heat pump, connected to the loop pipe, extracts that energy and converts it into heat. At the flip of a switch, the process can be reversed to cool your home.
A GSHP loop pipe can be installed vertical, horizontal, or even in ponds. In some cases, well water can be circulated directly through the heat pump, eliminating the need for the loop pipe.