keeping your HVAC system running efficiently

Do you know what it takes to keep your home heating system working efficiently? Most people know that the filters need to be changed from time to time, but exactly when should you be changing them? What type of filter should you be using? Is there anything else that homeowners can do to ensure that the system they rely on to heat and cool their homes operates using as little energy as possible? My blog will show you all sorts of things about maintaining your home heating and cooling system. In the end, you will know just what to do to take care of your home's system.

A Look At Two Heating System Options For Your Home

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If you plan to build a new home, one thing you'll need to decide is how you will heat it to stay comfortable in the winter. Two options you might consider are radiant floor heating and a traditional gas or electric furnace. Here's a look at each of these options.

Radiant Floor Heating

A radiant floor heating system consists of hot water coils or electrical cables that are built into the underside of the floor in your home. An advantage of this system is that it warms the room from the floors up and eliminates cold flooring in the winter. Radiant floor heating can be powered by hot water from your water heater or by electricity. This system is a good match for stone flooring since stone transfers heat well and stone flooring is usually chilly in the winter. Heated floors make life more comfortable for pets and kids that play on the floor. It can also be an energy efficient way to heat your home when you use water that's heated by natural gas. Radiant floor heating is easy to install in new construction homes since it can be built in as the floor is installed.

Central HVAC Furnace

Central heating is a common choice, and it has been used to heat homes for decades. New HVAC heating systems are much more energy-efficient than furnaces designed years ago. You can power yours with gas or electricity and control it with a programmable thermostat or smart thermostat for better control of your heating costs. One advantage of a central furnace is that it can be combined with a central air conditioner for complete climate control. While part of a central AC sits outdoors, the air handler can be shared with the furnace for convenience and to save space.

If you decide to go with a central furnace, you'll also need ducts installed to complete the heating system. One important aspect of installing a new HVAC system is that the furnace and ducts are the appropriate size for the house so it operates efficiently. Another advantage of installing a central forced-air system is that it circulates the air in your home when it is in use. The air is circulated through filters and you can add upgraded filters to remove allergens as well as air purifiers and humidification to make the air in your home cleaner and more comfortable.

Deciding on the right heating system for your new home could be a matter of comparing installation and operational costs of each system for the size of your home. Other factors that might matter include whether you want the air cleaning provided by central heat, which could be beneficial if you have allergies, or if you prefer warm floors provided by radiant floor heating so your bathroom and bedroom floors are nice and warm when you get out of bed in the morning. Contact a service, like Scott's Heating & Air Conditioning Services, for more help.

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19 April 2018