Home Heating Systems

Understanding Common Home Heating Systems

Heating UnitsTimothy Off is the trusted choice for repair, installation and maintenance services for home heating systems in West Chester, PA and the surrounding area in Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties. We’ve built our reputation on honest pricing, exceptional customer service and a desire to keep our neighbors comfortable all winter long. We know that home heating system issues can turn into big problems quickly, so our team of trained HVAC technicians are available 24 hours a day, including nights and weekends, to deliver fast and reliable heating system solutions.

All home heating systems are designed to provide warm indoor air, but heater units differ depending on the needs of your space. Below are some of the most common types:

Central Heating

Central heating refers to the use of a heater unit located within one central space in a home or business. The warmth generated by the central heating unit is then transferred (usually blown through ducts) in order to heat the entire space. The experts at Timothy Off can repair or replace your central heating system.

Oil Heating

Many homes in West Chester, PA rely on heater units that utilize heating oil for warm indoor air. Heating oil is usually derived from a chemical substance created by liquefied petroleum. This fuel needs to be replenished on a regular basis to keep an oil-based heating system running. While we do not sell heating oil, we do service and replace oil heating systems throughout the area.

Forced Air Heater Units

In units that utilize forced air heating, heat is generated using an energy source like gas or electricity. Air is then circulated through the unit, absorbing heat as it moves along. This warm air is blown to its destination using fans. Many times, systems that utilize forced air heating to recirculate the air via return ducts. Call Timothy Off today at 1-610-701-9020 if you need assistance repairing or replacing your forced air heater.

Gas Heating

In a system that uses gas heat, underground lines deliver combustible gas for controlled ignition. These systems incorporate valves to limit the flow of gas according to the unit’s specifications and to provide additional safety precautions. Gas heat is usually derived from burning propane or liquefied petroleum, but butane is also considered a source of gas heat. We specialize in gas heater maintenance, repairs, and new installations.

Geothermal Heating

Geothermal heating utilizes heat found below the Earth’s surface. This type of heating extracts warmth from underground and often uses a heat pump to carry the air to its destination. While this method is sustainable in terms of energy conversion and conservation, it can suffer from efficiency issues during cold winter months as these systems have a lower capacity for holding heat.

Hydronic Heating

Liquid can also be used to heat your home or business through the hydronic heating process. Typically, these systems move heated water through sealed pipes to radiators throughout the home in order to heat indoor air by thermal radiation. A hydronic heater unit sends warm water through pipes, but it can lose heat when traveling long distances without re-heating units, meaning individual heating units are typically reserved for heating individual rooms or floors.

Split System Heating

A split system heating unit (also known as a ductless system) works by combining an outdoor unit with an indoor unit, and the two are usually connected via a dedicated conduit line. Heat is generated using the pump of the outdoor unit, and then the warm air is transferred to and circulated by the indoor unit. These systems are more efficient than traditional heating units and can typically be programmed to create a specific temperature in individual rooms using one outdoor unit connected to multiple indoor units. We’re proud to be a Preferred Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Contractor.

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Whether you need residential or commercial heating system repair, maintenance or installation, the professionals at Timothy Off are here to help. We provide solutions for heating units of all types, and we’re always happy to provide advice and recommendations to keep you and your family warm, safe, and comfortable. Call our team today at 1-610-701-9020 to learn more about our services. Or use our convenient contact form right now to learn more and schedule an appointment with a heating pro in the West Chester area!

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Home Heating System Makes and Models We Service

We repair many different home heating systems from a variety of HVAC providers. below are some of the heating professionals we work with.

American Standard
American Standard carries a wide selection of everything you need to keep your home comfortable. They offer heating products, thermostat controls, add-on components, and more. They also offer home automation.

Aprilaire’s whole-house indoor air quality products work with your existing HVAC system. They treat and control the air quality in your entire home.

A Bryant geothermal comfort system is different than ordinary heating and cooling systems. As a result, this type of system can help save you money, is reliable, and delivers whole-home comfort.

Carrier is the world leader in HVAC and refrigeration solutions. They constantly innovate using new products and services that improve comfort and also improve efficiency.


ClimateMaster has been an energy and geothermal HVAC leader since the late 1950s. Since then, the company has been building the industry’s most innovative and energy efficient HVAC systems.


Comfortmaker HVAC equipment is designed to give you the best in quality, energy efficiency, and reliability. In fact, each unit is 100% run-tested to give you the most in home comfort. This means you can enjoy comfort with confidence.


For more than 30 years, the Goodman brand has focused on something more. The company creates dependable products that help millions of homeowners achieve reliable, high-quality, and affordable indoor comfort.


Heil HVAC systems are backed by 100 years of superior engineering. They’re built with quality manufacturing and are designed for reliability. They’re also designed to exceed your expectations.


HoneyWell’s innovative systems are making the world cleaner and more sustainable. Their products address some of the world’s most critical challenges around energy, safety, security, connectivity, productivity, and global urbanization also.


The goal of Janitrol is to bring you the right repair part with fair pricing and timely delivery. They offer a variety of parts. In fact, you’ll find everything from gas valves to blower motors to heat exchangers and more for your HVAC system.


With an energy-efficient Mitsubishi ductless HVAC system, you’ll enjoy annual savings on your energy bills. You’ll also enjoy dependable heat or air conditioning to keep you and your family comfortable.


Rheem has produced a number of products in its nearly 100 years of operation. It is the only manufacturer in the world that produces heating, cooling, water heating, pool/spa heating and commercial refrigeration products. In addition, it’s the largest manufacturer of water heating products in North America.


RUUD operates facilities where their product lines have expanded, changed, and improved significantly. They build designs using the new techniques and manufacturing technologies that become available.


Trane offers a broad range of energy-efficient HVAC systems as well as dehumidifying and air cleaning products. These systems have a reputation for reliability, high quality, and innovation.


The YORK commitment to building quality home comfort products began over 140 years ago in York, Pennsylvania. Today, the company works to deliver energy efficiency products that reduce costs, space, and maintenance needs.

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