The differences between forced-air furnaces and boilers, or radiant heating, are numerous. As far as heating options for your home go, Peachtree City is on the southern edge of places where both are viable choices. Which you choose depends on the type of heat you like and your physical preferences.
Radiant heating is slow and steady, while forced-air furnaces, including heat pumps, warm your air quickly and cool off just as fast. Eventually, a home with forced-air will warm to the point where temperatures are warm all over, but the furnace has to cycle on and off numerous times.
By comparison, a boiler runs continuously until the temperature reaches the thermostat’s settings. The heat radiates from wherever the pipes or tubes are that the boiler feeds. They can be in the floor beneath the carpet or tiles, snaked through baseboard heaters, or as radiators that sit in a room. Each room has a turn-off valve, so if you don’t want it heated, just turn off the heat.
Fire safety is always at the top of every homeowner’s list no matter what time of year it is. But, given the fact that we’re heading into the colder months of the year, we thought it would be fitting to discuss the dangers of storage in mechanical room areas, such as the room where your furnace resides.
The Need for Additional Storage
If you’re like most people, you own many items that require storage throughout the year. Perhaps you have a collection of family mementos that you want to hold on to or maybe you have boxes full of Christmas ornaments and decorations. Point is, you have more than enough stuff and are always looking for the best place to store your belongings.
Why You Should Never Use a Furnace Room for Storage
While many homes have multiple places where you can store various items, your furnace room should never be one of these places. Personal belongings often include items that are either flammable or susceptible to fire. Some have even been known to house dangerous elements like solvents and cleaning supplies. If your furnace malfunctions or an accident occurs, a fire could erupt very quickly. …
During the course of any heating or cooling season, dirt, mold spores and other debris can collect within your HVAC system’s evaporator coil. A dirty furnace coil affects home comfort, the life of the system, and your utility bills. It can even cause the furnace to shut down suddenly. Here is more about the effects of a dirty furnace coils and how you can prevent future problems.
Effects of a Dirty Furnace Coil
Air heated by your furnace travels through an evaporator coil and into your home’s ductwork. When debris accumulates in the furnace coil, less air can pass through. This makes an impact on the volume of heated air you will feel coming through your registers.
Besides just experiencing less warmth, you will also experience higher energy bills. Your furnace produces heating according to your thermostat setting. With less heated air reaching your home’s interior, the furnace must remain on longer to bring your home to the set temperature. The harder your furnace has to work, the higher will be your utility costs.
If you’re undertaking a furnace installation in the near future, there are a number of considerations you’ll want to take into account. Not all furnaces are the same, nor are all homes. The furnace you have installed needs to match your home’s heating needs, among other factors. Consider the following before a furnace installation:
Fuel source — Different furnaces burn different fuels, including natural gas, fuel oil and propane. Electric furnaces and heat pumps also are available. The natural gas combustion furnace is the most common in the U.S., though as you move south, heat pumps become more prevalent. Still, the gas furnace is a relatively inexpensive and effective option if your home is already tied into a natural gas line and has the venting, ductwork and piping for a gas furnace.
Size — If your furnace ends up being too small or too large for your home, you won’t get the performance or efficiency that you’re hoping for. You’ll likely waste energy, stress parts and have to tolerate uneven temperatures in different rooms. An HVAC professional, as a preliminary to furnace installation, should calculate the heating load of your home before recommending a certain capacity of furnace. This calculation …
To save energy this winter, your primary goal should be to reduce the heating load on your central heating system, whether it’s a furnace or a heat pump. The heating load is the amount of energy that’s required to make your Georgia home feel comfortable, and reducing that load is essential if you want lower heating bills. But how do you do it?
Following are some tactics for reducing the workload (aka heating load) on your heating system. The bonus is that in most cases, these steps also will reduce your summer cooling load.
Check the air filter — A dirty filter will force the blower motor or air handler to work harder than necessary to push air through the filter and ductwork. This requires more energy and stresses system components. Inspect the filter monthly and change it when it looks dirty.
Upgrade insulation — Proper insulation – both in amount and type – will keep heat inside your home longer, minimizing the amount of work your furnace has to perform. Attic insulation is especially important, since heat in your living spaces tends to transfer upward into the attic unless it’s properly insulated and sealed.