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The type of heating system installed within your home is one of the largest components of energy use, cost and your overall comfort. If your existing heating system is more than 10 years old then you have probably noticed that you are spending more and more on repairs in order just to keep it running. The hard truth is the money spent on these repairs would be more efficient put towards a new, more modern, more efficient heating system.
After the initial installation, calculating the long-term costs of a truly energy-efficient system makes the impact of installing a new heating system absolutely worth it. At CADCO Heating and Cooling, Inc. our licensed contractors install and repair residential heating systems in Ashland, KY and Huntington, WV!
A few vital factors to keep in mind when choosing a new heating system includes taking into account the energy source, or fuel type, most readily available in the area you live. This can include natural gas, electric heat pumps, geothermal heat pumps or oil furnaces. The efficiency of your fuel type can mean huge savings on utility costs. Another factor to consider when picking out a new heating system for your home is the type of distribution system it should be.
Picking between hot water and forced air distribution is also a matter of efficiency and convenience. The more common air distribution system option is forced air heating, using ducts, ventilation and registers to move concentrated heated air into the desired rooms evenly. Hydronic heating systems, however, circulate hot water through plastic or copper piping installed within baseboard radiators or pipes installed within the floor slab.
Each type has its positives and its negatives. Forced air systems work with the central air conditioning unit to filter and humidify your indoor air. This can actually result in uncomfortable temperature swings due to short bursts of air needed to warm a room. Ductwork also makes for a dark, damp breeding ground for bacteria and mold, transports noise from furnaces, and circulates any allergens and contaminants in the air through the entire home. This, and leaks in your ductwork put your heating and cooling system at high risk.
Hydronic systems implement a heating strategy that doesn’t involve air filtration or ventilation. These are excellent options for new homeowners who are prepared to undergo larger renovations.