Heating Repair & Installation
Various factors should be considered when thinking about which type of heating source best suit your needs. For instance, heat pumps are easily installed and fairly inexpensive, because they are simply transferring heat from one place to another and don't have a fuel source keeping the monthly operating costs to a minimum. Also, heat pumps can be used to cool a space during the warm weather making them a versatile option for many home and business owners. However, in very cold climates heat pumps might not be the most efficient choice.
Furnaces: These systems are thermostat driven and as soon as the thermostat determines that the temperature of the room has fallen below the set-point, the system initiates. Typically powered by gas, oil or wood the fans of the furnace suck air into the system, which then is heated and blown out.
Heat Pumps: Essentially, a heat pump pulls heat out of the air or the ground to heat your home or office. These systems are extremely efficient because they are simply transferring heat from one place to another, rather than burning a fuel to create heat
Boiler Systems: There are two types of boilers the fire-tube boiler and the water-tube boiler. The basic function of both is similar, water is contained and heated to be leveraged as a heat source for the entire structure.
Boiler Repair, Maintenance & Installation Services
If your boiler has not had maintenance service in more than one year, don't hesitate to contact our office to schedule your appointment. Your boiler has a complicated operating system that can actually develop into a dangerous situation if left unchecked. To ensure the safety of you and any others who share space with you, it is important to have your boiler regularly checked by a professional.
A boiler that is showing signs of needing repair should never be ignored. When in proper working order a boiler can be a tremendous asset to the overall efficiency and budget of your home. However, if any part of your boiler's complex mechanics are not working properly the result could be additional expense on your utility bill as well as developing into a hazardous situation.
If your boiler is several years old, it might be costing you more money to operate each month. There are several new models of boilers released each year and, often times, improved efficiency is a major reason for an upgrade. In fact, your old boiler could be costing you up to 40% more month than a newer more energy-efficient model would.
Radiant Floor Heating Service & Installation
Radiant floor heating is a fantastic whole-house heating system that can be far more efficient and cost-effective than forced air heating or other options. The idea is that the entire floor of the home is leveraged to heat the home rather than single strategically placed vents in the individual rooms.
Typically, either electric heating coils or water-heated tubes are installed under the floor of your home. This provides a consistent and steady temperature of heat throughout the home, rather than certain areas being warmer as with a furnace or other heating methods.
According to the US Department of Energy, a radiant floor heating system can cut monthly heating bills by up to 50%. Both existing and new construction homes can be fitted with a radiant floor heating system. It has been estimated by the American Lung Association that a radiant floor heating system reduces the presence of dust mites in the air by 80%, because the need for blown air has been eliminated.
For the most part, radiant floor heating systems can be divided into two categories:
Electric radiant floor heating utilizes electric coils contained in heat conducting plastic mats. Unlike what you would find in an electric stove or space heater, these coils are usually made from copper and wrapped in a water-resistant resin.
The structure of electric radiant floor heating is similar to a large electric blanket installed under the flooring of your home.
Electric heating works best with floors that are made of ceramic tile, though it can be used with most any type of flooring including hardwood and carpet.
If you are using a radiant floor heating system to heat your entire home, hydronic is the most cost-effective option. Another thing to consider though is new construction vs. existing.
While you can install a hydronic heating system into an existing home, it involves tearing up and replacing all of the flooring, which can be expensive. For this reason, hydronic is the best radiant floor heating system for whole-house new construction.
The initial cost of installing a hydronic radiant floor heating system is nearly twice as expensive as a traditional furnace unit. However, the long-term benefits with the hydronic system far outweigh those with a furnace.
In fact, a hydronic system will save you 40% on your monthly utility bill and will last up to 40 years, as opposed to the typical 25 years you would get out of a furnace.