Forced Air Heating Systems
One of the most common central heating systems, forced air heating are present in millions of homes today. A forced-air heating system draws the room air through ductwork to a furnace, where the air is filtered and heated. The warmed air is blown back into the rooms through other ductwork. The system’s ductwork is usually metal wrapped in insulation to help keep in heat. In some cases, flexible ductwork is preferred.
Not all forced air heating systems have the same performance standards. The first thing you need to decide is what your budget is for your heating installation and what your priorities are. Noise level, energy-efficiency, comfort level, and overall convenience are all important considerations that can vary widely between different heating units.
Think about what is important to you and your family personally. Would some noise irritate you? Is cost the most important aspect? Do you have respiratory conditions in the family? Do you want green options? This will help you decide which forced air heating system to choose and we will be able to sit down and run through all your requirements and discuss the right solution for you.
Furnaces come in “up flow,” “down flow” and “horizontal” models designed to accommodate basement, attic, or limited-space installation. With older gravity furnaces, the heated air is delivered by natural convection, not by a blower; the warmed air simply rises through the ducts to heat the rooms above. The larger your home, the bigger furnace you will need. Larger homes will probably also need to create multiple zones to create relatively even heating throughout your home. This is where we can help you by designing a system to determine the best solution for your home.
A forced-air system can be combined with a humidifier and an air filter. The air filter can be particularly important if someone in the house has problems with allergies. Filters can be electrostatic, electronic, or pleated media. These filters are critical to managing energy-efficiency and indoor air quality. A home that has become too well insulated may have sacrificed a degree of ventilation. A well-designed system will effectively balance the need to create a well-insulated home while still allowing an appropriate exchange of air from outside the home. A tightly constructed duct system, a well-maintained furnace flue, and a quality air filter will help keep your forced air heating system running at its optimal performance level.
Posted in: Latest News - On: 28th of September, 2012