A well maintained heating system can last for decades. Unfortunately, even the best kept system will eventually fail from age and use. When that happens, it’s good to know the options you have available for new heating systems. Read on to find out which heating installation option is right for you.
Furnaces are the core of the traditional forced air heating system. They burn wood, oil, or gas to heat the air. The warm air is then circulated around the house by a fan and duct system. This is one of the most common heating systems, which makes it easy to service and find replacement parts for it. Furnaces also work well in any kind of climate. They are not the most efficient of systems, however, and require a quality exhaust flue system to vent dangerous combustion gases out of the house.
Boilers are another common heating system across the country, though not as widespread as furnaces in most places. A boiler uses water to transport heat instead of air. The hot water is usually distributed through pipes installed in the subfloor of each room. The heat radiates up through the floor, heating the rest of the room. This is referred to as a hydronic radiant heating system. Radiant heating can deliver more heat more efficiently than forced air systems can. They have a slightly more involved installation process, however.
A heat pump is a combination of both heating and air conditioning systems. It is comprised of an indoor unit and an outdoor unit. A reversing valve controls which way the refrigerant flows in the system, determining whether it is in heating or cooling mode. In heating mode, the outdoor unit draws thermal energy from the air around it. This energy is then directed to the indoor unit to heat and circulate air through the house. Utilizing this thermal energy from the environment makes the heat pump an efficient system. You will very likely save money on your heating bills if you decide to install a heat pump system. Be advised, however, that heat pumps can lose efficiency in prolonged sub-freezing temperatures.
If you are considering installing new heating in Cincinnati, call RineAir Heating & Air Conditioning to schedule a service appointment. We’re experts when it comes to heating installation and we provide services in the surrounding Cincinnati area.