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What Is A Forced-Air Heating System?

types of central heatersThere are several types of space-heating systems available today. Some are more common than others. Some homes use hydronic heating systems and others that use geothermal heat pumps as their source of heat. Other houses use more common heating methods such as space heaters or forced air systems.

Regardless of the type of system that you have, you will need to hire a licensed professional to design, install, maintain, and repair your home heating system. Doing so will ensure that your heating system is working correctly. When you professionally maintain your heating system, you can be sure that it is operating efficiently. Professional maintenance will also ensure the air quality in your home is safe, and you can be sure that your home will be comfortable, regardless of the temperature outdoors.

When you schedule professional maintenance annually, it will prevent complete breakdowns from occurring. If there is a minor issue, it will be caught early so that it doesn’t become something more serious later. If your heating system has reached the end of its lifespan and it is no longer functioning as efficiently as it should, a professional will let you know if a replacement is your best option.

In North America, forced air heating systems are the most common type of space heating. Below, you will learn a bit about how forced-air heating systems work.

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Types Of Heating Systems: Forced-Air Central Heating Systems

ductworkWith forced-air heating systems, the heat is transferred through the air. There are powerful fans that suck the air from the room into the air ducts which is how the air moves to the air handler.

When the air has been heated and filtered, warm air is pumped back into the room through the air duct system. Forced air systems use recycled air.

What Are The Main Components In A Forced Air Heating System?

These devices are complex. There are many parts that make the system function as a whole. All of these components are dependent on one another for the system to work correctly. When one part malfunctions, it affects the other components.

The main components in this type of system include:

  • Registers
  • Bents
  • Air ducts
  • Air filters
  • Fans
  • Blowers
  • A heat source
  • Heat exchanger

There are a few types of heat sources. These include electric furnaces, heating oil furnaces, natural gas furnaces, and wood furnaces.
Although furnaces are the most common heat source for forced air heating systems, heat pumps and geothermal heat pumps can also be used. Because the temperature underground is constant and is warmer than the outdoor temperature during the winter, ground-source heat pumps provide affordable heating.

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What Are The Advantages Of Using Forced Air Heating Systems?

energy efficient houseForced air heating systems are more efficient than other types of space heating. They can help you save money while keeping your home warm and comfortable during the heating season.

Forced air systems can also be used to cool your home. Rather than the air going to a heat exchanger, it will be diverted to an evaporator. This makes forced air both convenient and affordable.

Forced air systems have an efficient filtration system. This means that dust, allergens, and other airborne particles are trapped and then removed from the air supply. This can improve your indoor air quality which will keep you healthy. Humidifiers and dehumidifiers can be installed in your forced-air system to further improve the indoor air quality.

Overall, there are many advantages to forced air systems. They provide the comfort that is necessary during extreme weather. They are efficient and they can improve your indoor air quality.

How To Correctly Maintain A Forced Air Heating System

furnace tune-upIt is essential that you schedule annual HVAC maintenance services with a professional. Season maintenance can catch small issues before they become major ones. Regular maintenance can also improve the performance and efficiency of your system. Because the professionals will clean all of the parts, replace the air filters, and lubricate the moving parts in the system, you can be sure that your system will work at peak performance and the air that you breathe will be clean.

Another part of the regular maintenance includes inspecting the ductwork for dents, dings, leaks, and other types of defects. To be sure that the air is coming out properly, you should make sure that there is nothing blocking your registers and vents. If you want to keep your heating bill down, you should consider installing a programmable thermostat. You can set your thermostat to automatically lower the heat in the home when you are not there. Before you get home, you can set the thermostat to turn the heat up so your home will be comfortable when you arrive.

Whatever HVAC needs you may have, you should only allow a licensed HVAC contractor to handle them.

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