Since fireplaces, home heating systems have made technological leaps and bounds. Through advances and design, these systems are now more energy efficient than ever and range in various models and sizes. Bearing in mind, heating your home during winter is a very big responsibility. Being knowledgeable of the advantages and disadvantages of various heating methods will help you to assess which approach is a better fit for your family.
Types of Heating Systems
1. Forced Air Heating and Cooling Systems: This is the most common method that is used when heating a home. The first step is for the furnace to heat the air. Once the air is heated, it travels through the duct work and is released into various vents throughout the home in order to maintain a consistent temperature. The advantages to this process are that it is inexpensive and has the ability to humdify or dehumdify the air being produced.
2. Radiant Heating System: This technique is one of the most comfortable and natural ways to warm a home. The common procedure when using a radiant heating system is to install hot water tubing under the surface of the floor. The advantage is that this gives your home an energy efficient way to distrbute heat evenly. The disadvantages are that this system is very costly to install, difficult to access if problems were to occur, and a slow heating cycle due to surrounding materials.
3. Hydronic Heating System: This is a hot water baseboard system in which both radiation and convection are prevalent. The hot water is heated by the boiler and piped to baseboard units that are conveniently mounted along the walls. The air is distributed through convection and heated by the baseboards before being released into your home. The advantages to this are that it is energy efficient, much quieter than the standard system, and temperature control is extremely accurate. The disadvantages are that the baseboards can cause an obstruction when trying to place furniture accordingly within the home. Also, there is an extremely slow temperature increase when more heat is desired.
Choosing the Correct Heating System
1. Buy the right sized system. When a heating system is too large it uses up way to much energy for the amount of heat you want to produce. When a heating system is too small, it will not heat your home properly. Both will put a dent in your checkbook when the monthly bills roll around. Optimizing your furnace's size and efficiency will save you money on your utility bills.
2. Make sure to have a proper AFUE. AFUE stands for annual fuel utilization efficiency and is a measurment of how much energy is used to warm the entire home. If your furnace has an AFUE of 60 it means that 60% of the actual energy goes into producing the heat. The higher the AFUE, the lower you will have to pay for heating.
3. When choosing the correct heating system, make sure that you follow up on the system's maintenance schedule. Regularly cleaning and replacing the air filters is needed to ensure that your HVAC equipment is running as efficiently and effectively as possible.
Let Four Seasons Heat Your Home
At Four Seasons, we want to make sure that your heating system is suitable for your home in every aspect. We make sure that size, functionality, and pricing are all up to industry standards when selling to a customer. Our home comfort specialists will guide you through the replacement process to ensure that you're getting the correct system that you paid for. Choose a Four Seasons furnace today and avoid any problems that you may encounter this winter!