There are many options when it comes to heating and cooling your home. An alternative to a central air system, forced air heating involves pushing air through ducts and vents connected to the main AC unit. Air travels in a closed loop, in which it’s pulled from your home or delivered to rooms depending on your needs. But as with any home heating/cooling option, there are pro’s and con’s to consider. Here are some of the considerations if you’re thinking of investing in a forced air system:
About Forced Air Heating
Forced air heating systems are generally cheaper to buy compared to radiant systems. The installation process is more cost-efficient as well. You can even use the same ductwork if a central AC unit was previously installed. Easier installation, high efficiency, and lower cost of operation mean you can potentially save initially and over the long run.
Running ductwork through an existing home is time-consuming and expensive. Radiant heaters may require opening the floors. Forced air systems require none of this. If you already have HVAC ductwork, that leaves only installing the forced air equipment, which can be done relatively quickly. Forced air systems also filter the air without using a separate filtration element.
Forced air heating systems have fewer moving parts than electrical heating components and heat pumps. The ductwork is quite durable as well. This can mean fewer performance issues and breakdowns over time. While duct cleaning and repair, changing air filters, and other preventative maintenance services are necessary, a forced air system can meet your needs for many years without trouble.
Dust and Debris
Forcing air through ducts and rooms can introduce dust and debris as well as particulates and mold that may contribute to health risks. If mold grows in the forced air unit, it can circulate throughout your house. Cleaning the unit regularly is therefore very important. Also, airflow issues can develop with improper furniture placement; furnishings can block flow, strain the system, and reduce comfort.
Some Rooms May Be Warmer Than Others
Since only one thermostat is used to control the entire system, your whole house may not be heated evenly. Room and ductwork locations can affect temperature. Therefore, some areas may be warmer than others; unlike with some other options, you don’t have the advantage of individualized temperature control for each room.
As air is pushed through a system of ducts, significant pressure can build up, creating noise. This is true with practically any heating system. However, lower noise levels can be achieved with a well-designed and tuned system.
Worn out, damaged, or improperly designed ducts have a high potential for leaks. Air leakage can make your forced air heating system inefficient and allow pollutants into your home. An increase in your electric bill is one sign there’s an air leak or other problem in your ductwork. And if you’re not getting as much heat, it’s another reason to call a professional.
Schedule Service with Express Plumbing Heating & Air
We provide high-quality, professional HVAC installation, repair, and maintenance services in the Boise area, and can answer all your forced air heating questions. Financing and protection plans are available to all customers. To learn more or inquire about our latest specials, schedule an appointment online or call us directly at (208) 996-8784 today!