There are a number of great choices when it comes to heating installation, each suited to provide different benefits. If you don’t have much experience, however, the sheer number of factors to consider can be quite daunting.
Here’s a brief rundown of some of the most common options for heating, along with their pros and cons.
Heat pumps are heating systems that move thermal energy from one area to another. In heating mode, an outdoor unit will absorb thermal energy from the surrounding air and send it inside to the indoor unit. The indoor unit then heats the air using that thermal energy, before circulating it throughout the house. Heat pumps are more efficient than most systems, which saves you money on your utility bills. They also have the advantage of cycling between heating and cooling functions as necessary, so you don’t have to buy a separate air conditioner.
The downside to heat pumps is that they aren’t as efficient in extremely cold environments. The lack of thermal energy in the surrounding air forces them to work harder than usual to achieve the same temperature.
Radiant heating uses water to transport thermal energy instead of air. Since water is actually a much better heat conductor than air is, this system can get much more heat circulated throughout a house than a forced air system can. Rather than ductwork, pipes are installed either under the floor or in the walls of a room. A boiler heats and pumps water through these pipes, causing heat to radiate from them and into the room. Copper pipe baseboard and radiator heaters are also popular radiant heating methods.
A radiant heating system can save quite a bit on heating bills, due to its efficiency compared to forced air systems. It tends to also heat rooms much more effectively, by relying on transferring thermal energy directly instead of using air as a medium. The downside is that it requires a bit more of an upfront investment, and a more involved installation.
If you are thinking about installing a new heating system, call APC Plumbing & Heating. We conduct heating installations throughout the Denver area.