There are two different types of residential heating systems. One uses forced air and the other circulates hot water. The most popular choice is forced air heating where the heat is sent throughout the home via air ducts and registers.
The hot water system, which is identified as a hydronic system, requires a boiler to heat water which is fed through copper or plastic pipes to baseboard radiators. A variation on the hydronic system is where the hot water is circulated through pipes that are enclosed in the floor slab. This produces an even radiant heat in the space being heated.
The Advantages/Disadvantages of Forced Air Heating
As for the benefits of heating with forced air, the ducts in place can also be used for central air conditioning systems. They can also be utilized for filtering and humidifying air that then gets circulated for ventilation.
The downside to this type of heating system is that air coming out of the registers can feel cool although it can be warmer than the room temperature. Also, temperature swings can occur following bursts of very hot air coming from larger units.
The ducts can also become a problem transmitting furnace noises throughout the home as well as sending dust and odors to all parts of the home. They can also leak if they are not properly sealed which can have an impact on heating costs.
The Advantages/Disadvantages of Hydronic Systems
A hydronic system can provide a more regulated and even heat throughout the system and the boiler can be used to heat water for domestic use. The downside is that these systems are expensive to install and cannot be used for central air, filtering or ventilation purposes. So you really have to consider the size of home and the demand the system will receive to keep it comfortably heated when required.
The Differences Between Efficient and Non-Efficient
The simple answer to why you would want to install energy efficient products is that they will cost you less to operate. There is a good argument related to the initial cost of installation, with hydronic systems costing considerably more than forced air, but the bottom line is your long term monthly costs. Even if the installation costs several thousand dollars, the monthly cost difference between an efficient system and one that is not will automatically save you money the first month it is in use. That saving over time will cover the installation cost.
More Information On Heating Systems
If you’ve wondered what the negatives and positives of high efficiency, low-consumption air and water systems are, now you have an explanation. You can find out more on the specifics by contacting Drain Doctor NY for details. The professional plumbers on staff have a great deal of experience with both forced air and hot water heating systems. They can advise you on the best system to heat your home. To book an appointment to inspect your residential application you can email Drain Doctor NY or phone 914-752-4892.