They are affordable – Residential forced air heaters have few component parts and most houses are already designed with ductwork in mind which makes them an easy choice. This kind of heat is more than likely the most cost effective option for home builders as well as a cost effective solution for homeowners.
They are energy efficient – While radiant heating systems are more efficient than forced air, they are also expensive to install and maintain, especially if your home isn’t already designed for it. This means that despite conditioning air and not water and needing to utilize a duct system that may not be the most efficient delivery system, forced air is more effective and will provide the greatest return. Some forced air systems are designed to be more efficient. Your heater is graded using a system known as annual fuel utilization efficiency rating (AFUE) which is a measure of how much fuel your heater uses to heat your home. The higher the AFUE rating, the more effective the unit. Older systems can have a rating of 65-70 while today’s furnaces can have a rating as high as 98. This represents significant savings on your energy bill.
Furnaces are more compatible with programmable thermostats – Radiant systems take time to heat up which translates to a delay when the thermostat is set. Forced air will fire up immediately and respond to adjustments in the thermostat quickly. This means they run for shorter amounts of time and waste less energy.
Furnaces are easy to repair and replace – This equipment has common components and are so prevalent that it is easy to become an expert in their maintenance and operation. A trusted eye is key which is why it is important to contact John’s Service and Sales when you encounter an issue or need routine maintenance.