Air filters are vital components of AC and heating systems. However, they also happen to be often-neglected ones. They are your first line of defense against airborne impurities that can cause various respiratory ailments. Additionally, clogged filters are also common culprits of HVAC system failures.
As one of the top plumbers and HVAC companies in our area, $25 Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning recommends keeping a close eye on your HVAC system. Certain signs indicate that it’s time to consider replacing your cooling and heating equipment. Paying attention to them can improve your home’s comfort and energy efficiency. Learn more about these signs in today’s article. Read more
The majority of homes within the United States are heated by either a furnace, a boiler or a heat pump. Furnaces generate hot air to distribute via ductwork throughout the house. Boilers generate steam or hot water to be used in either steam radiators or baseboard and in-floor radiators. Heat pumps work by transferring the available heat in a cold space to a warmer space.
Boilers come in many models to suit the needs of a particular home just like furnaces and heat pumps. So what options do you have? Generally speaking, you will have three main variables:
- Combination boiler (Provides heat and hot water)
- Standard & system boilers
Condensing and Non-Condensing Boilers
When boilers were first used for home heating they weren’t terribly efficient and wasted a good deal of energy in the form of steam that was vented directly to the atmosphere. Today you have the option of purchasing a condensing boiler for the home.
These boilers gain an additional 10-15% efficiency over their non-condensing counterparts by using that otherwise wasted steam to raise the initial temperature of the water going into the unit. Condensing boilers can be had on standard, system, and combination boilers.
Combination boilers provide hot water for the home was well as providing heat. The hot water they generate is on an as-needed basis and it will require access to the main supply of water to the home. These boilers, especially if they are the condensing type, are extremely efficient as the hot water generated is not kept at a specific temperature over long periods of time as in a standard boiler. Combi boilers also have the advantage of not taking up much space in the home, with some even being wall-mounted.
Standard Boilers and System Boilers
Standard and system boilers share a lot in common, differing only by the locations of their water storage tanks. In these two types of boiler hot and cold water storage is required. In the standard boiler the storage tanks are often in the attic or loft. For the system boiler they are built into the device itself, saving space and making for a less complex installation. These two systems are available in condensing and non-condensing types, as well.
There is a boiler to suit the needs of every home. If you would like to discuss your options in boilers for the home, give us at $25 Heating & Air Conditioning a call!
You rely on your home’s heating and cooling system to keep you comfortable year round while improving indoor air quality to create a healthy living environment. When your old system is no longer effective, it is time to start thinking about HVAC system replacement. Finding the right HVAC contractor will ensure you invest wisely when choosing a new system for your home.
A reputable HVAC company can provide you with a free home evaluation and estimate of cost for purchase and installation of a new system. Your written estimate should provide all relevant details, including prices for parts, labor costs, energy efficiency and details about the warranty. The company should provide an estimate with no obligation to you.
An experienced contractor can help you choose the right size system for your home. Purchasing a new system that is too big or too small decreases your home’s energy efficiency. Comfort suffers because the wrong size unit will not be able to maintain the optimal temperature and humidity level.
Depending on your home, a heat pump or radiant heat system may be more efficient to operate than a forced-air heating system. Heat pumps are more cost-effective for central heating in locations where the climate is mild and stays above 37 degrees Fahrenheit during the winter. Radiant heating is installed in the flooring and operates without losing heat through the ducts. This option is more expensive and is often more suitable for new construction.
If your utility bills keep increasing for no apparent reason or your air conditioner is making strange noises, it may be time to start considering a new energy efficient unit. You can expect your heating system to last approximately 15 years and your air conditioner to last about 10 years before normal wear and tear will require replacement.
You need to research your options whenever you make a major investment in your home. When it comes time to replace your home’s HVAC system, you can depend on a reputable heating and air conditioning contractor to help you make the best choice.
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