It’s easy to be overwhelmed when you start looking for a home heating system. There are a wide variety of options, each with their own pros and cons to consider. Lucky for you, our Fort Collins heating installation experts have assembled a list of a couple of heating systems and their characteristics. With our help, you’ll have the perfect heating system in no time.
Radiant heating is comprised of small tubes set into the walls and/or subfloor of your home. A boiler heats water, then runs it through these tubes to radiate heat up through the floor. There are a number of distinct advantages to using radiant heating. The first of these is efficiency. Radiant heating loses almost none of its thermal energy in transit, due to the delivery system it uses. Forced air systems, by comparison, lose about 30% of their heat to duct issues between the furnace and the vent. Radiant systems also heat rooms more evenly, creating a more comfortable environment without the cold spots that forced air systems have.
The disadvantage of radiant heating is that it is more expensive than most other systems to install. It is also more involved. Unless you are building a house, you will need to tear up your existing floor to install the tubing over the subfloor. Not many people are willing to go to such lengths for a heating system upgrade.
Heat pumps are outdoor units which operate by siphoning heat from the surrounding environment and pumping into your home. They are more efficient and cost effective than traditional furnaces, and can even function as an air conditioner. Geothermal heat pumps take heat from underground instead of the surrounding air. By taking advantage of the constant temperature underground, the heat pump doesn’t have to work nearly as hard to keep your home warm. The pros of this system include energy savings and versatility. The cons include a loss of efficiency in extremely cold environments and, in the case of geothermal, a more upfront investment.
There are many more options available, and we’ve barely scratched the surface here. We’re experts in heating installation, and we cover the entire Fort Collins area.
If you would like to know more about what heating system could best serve your home, call Fort Collins Heating & Air Conditioning today.