Should You Invest In Forced Air Heating?
Forced air heating and cooling systems are a hot topic in the region, and we receive calls every week from homeowners wondering whether investing in a forced air heating system is a wise investment. While there is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question, the fact is that most homeowners in Minneapolis-St. Paul and Kansas City will enjoy significant benefits by installing a forced air heating system.
The Advantages of Forced Air
Forced air heating and cooling systems are effective at distributing conditioned air throughout the house. They require minimal maintenance and help ensure that the climate within each room in the home is maintained at a consistent temperature.
Because of the system design, the air within forced air homes is naturally less humid. This is a significant advantage on a hot and muggy day or a cold and damp day when the moisture just won’t go away.
As with other heating and cooling systems, forced air systems can be paired with both smart and programmable thermostats. This allows you to take control of your comfort so that you can optimize the climate within your home as weather conditions change.
Consider the Cost of Comfort
Installing forced air heating in your home is an investment that will run you thousands of dollars for the equipment. If you have to start from scratch and install ducts, etc., you will add a few thousand dollars more to that cost. But, once installed, you will enjoy considerable cost savings because the natural gas furnace that will keep you warm and toasty throughout the winter is typically cheaper than the water or electricity boilers and electric furnaces use. Dollar for dollar, forced air heating systems are the most cost-effective option for maintaining your comfort throughout the year.
Additionally, forced air systems are the only systems that can keep you warm in winter and cool in summer. That is because the ducts that distribute the warm air from your furnace on a chilly December morning can also be connected to distribute the cool air from your air conditioner on a blazingly hot August afternoon.
The Other Side
Now that you know the “good,” it is important to discuss the “bad” and the “ugly” when it comes to forced air systems. Not everything smells likes roses, and if it is done wrong, a forced air system can be a costly mistake. First, it must be properly sized for the home. If it is not appropriately sized before installation, your system won’t operate efficiently or effectively. This will result in lost energy savings, increased wear and tear, and diminished comfort.
It is also imperative to remember to change the filters. Unfortunately, many homeowners forget to do this and end up with clogged and damaged filters. Clogged filters diminish performance, negatively affect indoor air quality, and can increase wear and tear on the system. Thus, this simple maintenance step is crucial to remember when you have a forced air heating and cooling system.
Finally, don’t neglect the ducts. Leaky ductwork is the most common cause of diminished efficiency. When leaks emerge, repairing them promptly is imperative for restoring efficiency. If you don’t, you’ll find yourself heating crawl spaces and wasting your money.
Learn More with Total Comfort
Do you have more questions about forced air heating and cooling systems? Contact the Total Comfort team at (763) 383-8383 in Minneapolis-St. Paul or (913) 826-6704 in Kansas City. It is our pleasure to give you the information you need and the expert advice you can depend on to make the best decision for your comfort.