Get to Know Your Heating Options
The first step in ensuring that you are able to heat your home successfully is to not only invest in a great heating system, but also choose a system that suits your personal user preferences. We’ll help you find the right heater for your needs. We install and service a great selection of heating systems, including the following.
Furnaces are forced air heating systems that use the combustion of oil or natural gas to generate heat with which to warm air directly.
Boiler systems heat water and radiate it throughout your home through baseboard heating elements. Hot water is heated in either a direct system or indirect system meaning hot water is generated instantly and used at the time of generation (direct or tankless) or hot water is stored in a hot water tank for future use (indirect).
Use heat pump technology for both heating and cooling without the need for any ductwork at all. These energy efficient systems allow you to cool or heat only the rooms you want.
What Are The Different Types Of Furnaces?
Single Stage: A single-stage furnace has only one stage of operation. It can either be turned on or turned off.
Two Stage: A two-stage furnace has two settings––full and half speed. This is a more efficient way to heat and provides for better comfort, because it can move the air at a slower pace.
Variable Stage or Modulating: A variable-stage or modulating furnace modulates the speed and heat output based on the temperature outside and the desired comfort level. This furnace only works as much as you need it, making this type the most energy-efficient type of furnace.
What Is AFUE?
AFUE, or Annualized Fuel Utilization Efficiency, is a measure of furnace-heating efficiency. The higher the AFUE, the more efficient the furnace.
What Size Furnace Do I Need?
We can calculate the correct size furnace for your home. The number of BTUs, or British Thermal Units, needed to heat your home is dependent on a number of variables. Contrary to what you might think, a bigger furnace may not necessarily mean more heating power for your home. Call us and we can set up an appointment to calculate the furnace size you might need and discuss all the various options related to forced air furnaces.
Furnace or Boiler?
This decision will largely depend on what your currently have in your home. If you currently have ductwork in your home then you will most likely replace your current system with a furnace and the question you will want to answer is do you have access to Natural Gas in your area. If the answer to that question is yes, then you may want to consider a conversion to Natural Gas heat. There are costs for conversion but there are huge payoffs in the long run. Energy Unlimited can help with all your questions related to Natural Gas heat and conversion and we have a site dedicated solely to converting to natural gas heat.
If your heat is generated at the baseboard from hot water then you most likely have a boiler system and will want to replace it with a boiler system.
If you are considering an addition or are finishing a basement or attic then your best option would be a ductless system. Ductless would allow for heating just that space when needed, allow for humidity control during humid summer months and cooling during extreme temperatures.