As winter is approaching home owners are puzzled with how to heat their homes through the cold season. Air heating is nowadays the most common type of heating and cooling systems for homes. Forced air heating is generally advantageous for the homes which already have ductwork or new construction homes. This kind of heating provides you with a good choice of fuel sources natural gas, electricity, propane or oil.
What Is Forced Air Heating?
Forced air heating is a popular energy efficient system of heating that is presently more and more actively used in American homes. Such kinds of heating are self-regulating. They use a thermostat to turn on or off, depending on the temperature in the house. You set the thermostat to whatever temperature you find comfortable for your home. Air, heated by heating equipment, travels through ducts and is expelled through vents, located in different areas of your house. According to the type of heating equipment, used in such heating systems, there are different kinds of systems.
Forced Air Heating Systems Types
They differ according to the equipment, used to heat air. Air can be heated by:
- An electric furnace
- A gas furnace
- A hydronic coil
- A heat pump
There are furnaces of horizontal, upflow or downflow models, which can be installed in the basement or attic. You may also consider options for limited-space installation. Most home owners pick heat pumps because they can provide both heat and cool options for your home throughout different seasons of the year.
Benefits Of A Forced Air Heating System
- Economic usage of energy
- Easy installation
- No need for additional ductwork or vents
- Quick heating of relatively big areas
- Quite even temperature regime everywhere in the house
- Air filtration function
- Air can be humidified/dehumidified
- Forced air heating can be incorporated with central air conditioning system to provide overall temperature control all year round
- Relatively low cost of the system itself
Are There Disadvantages?
Yes, there s always the other side of the coin. Inconveniences include:
- Ductwork is needed if you want to use this type of heating and it does take space in walls and additional costs if you don t have it in your home initially.
- Regular maintenance is another disadvantage that may make you opt for another kind of heating systems.
- Noise from the furnace fan some people find more than undesirable. So, if you are easily irritated by noise, better think twice.
Meanwhile almost 35 million American homeowners have already installed this kind of heating systems in their homes and started to enjoy their performance. Well, making such a responsible choice as the choice of a heating system that is going to keep you comfortable through long winter months takes weighing all pros and cons. Choose wisely and stay warm and comfortable this winter!