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Gas Fired, Forced-Air Furnaces
Almost 35 million homes in America are heated by natural gas fired, forced-air heating systems. Their measurement for efficiency is called an Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) rating. All furnaces come posted with this rating on the yellow “Energy Rating” label. The Department of Energy refers to units with an AFUE from 90% - 97% as “high efficiency” and 80% - 83% AFUE models as “mid efficiency”, anything lower is outdated by today’s standards.
A new, high-efficiency furnace can save you money in the long run, so if your furnace needs replacement, it pays to get the high-efficiency model. The “Energy Rating” shows estimated annual operating costs for furnaces given specific conditions; they’re meant for comparison only. When buying a system, you should ask your dealer to help you figure your actual payback.
Furnaces are fairly simple; they’re controlled by setting the wall mounted thermostat to the desired temperature; when the thermostat calls for heat the air handler kicks on, drawing room air from a “cold-air return” through your homes ductwork and into the furnace’s heat exchanger, a metal chamber that air flows around.
The burners (or electric heating elements) turn on and heat the air as it moves through the air handler. The blower then forces the warmed air through the ductwork and out of the warm-air registers in each room of your house. The heat cycle continues until the comfort level you selected on the thermostat is reached and system temporary shuts off.
Gas Fired Hot Water Boiler
A hot water boiler is an appliance used to heat water for a hydronic (fluid filled) heating system. The name "boiler" can be a misnomer because the water in a residential boiler unit (the type used for home heating) never actually boils.
The fluid is isolated in an enclosed system and circulated throughout the house by means of a motorized pump.The hot water is distributed through the home through a series of pipes that deliver it into the rooms and produce heat through either radiators, baseboard heaters, or radiant floor tubing. After the hot water circulates through the heating unit in each room the water is returned back to the boiler to be re-heated and the water circulation loop continues.
Gas Fired, Condensing Boiler
In a conventional gas boiler the hot gases from combustion pass through a heat exchanger where their heat is transferred to warm the water in the system. During the combustion process water vapor is also produced as a byproduct. A Condensing Boiler extracts additional heat from the flue gases by condensing the water vapor back to a liquid, recovering its heat value that would normally just be exhausted out the flue. A typical increase of efficiency for this high performance Condensing Boiler can be as much as 10-12%.
Electric or Dual Fuel Hot Water Boiler
This boiler is made for either electric or dual-fuel applications where the system alternates between electric heat and natural gas, propane or oil.
It’s designed to be quickly and easily installed on a wall, requiring very little space. This gives you an additional option if you choose to save with Off-Peak electric rates from your electric utility, click on the link to learn more.
Electric Plenum Heater (A Dual Fuel option)
A plenum heater is device that is installed in the plenum of your forced-air furnace where the ducting and furnace join. Air is heated as it flows across electric elements and then distributed through the existing ductwork. A plenum heater is a low cost way to upgrade your heating system, to turn your gas or oil furnace into a dual fuel system, and to benefit from Off-Peak rates.
An electric plenum heater works by heating electric coils within the unit. When the thermostat calls for heat, the coils activate. The coils then heat the air in the plenum and the fan in your furnace blows this warm air through the existing ducts of your home. Both your forced-air furnace and the electric plenum heater utilize the same thermostat and ductwork. Electric plenum heaters can be installed during new construction or in an existing furnace system to utilize Off-Peak electric rates.
Hydronic, Radiant Floor Heating
In-the-floor, hydronic tubing is the ideal way to distribute heat throughout your home when it’s combined with either a boiler or a geothermal system. This heat distribution system is comprised of special tubing that’s embedded in a concrete foundation or in a thin concrete mixture on top of a wood-framed floor. Heated water (or a food-grade antifreeze mixture) flows through this tubing, warming the thermal mass of the concrete. On a wood framed floor your finished surface, hardwood, laminate, tile or carpeting, goes on top of the subfloor which transfers the heat directly from the tubes.
Concrete acts as a thermal mass to retain heat, so you have a large heat reserve located right under your floor to keep you comfortable. Concrete owes its ability to retain heat to its density and low conductivity. Because of this thermal mass, systems with concrete foundation take longer to heat up and need to run longer. Those installed on wood-framed floors are less expensive, but operate at higher temperatures because there's no thermal mass to store the heat. They also require reflective insulation under the tubes to direct the heat upward.
Your boiler or water heater is linked to a system of separate pipes that channel water from a single source into different zones. This way, you can heat each area of your home separately from a single programmable thermostat. From the manifold, the hot water is sent through a pattern of PEX tubing by a re-circulating water pump. PEX is polyethylene tubing that's leak-free, non-toxic, flexible and capable of handling high temperatures.
Conventional forced-air systems, wood stoves, or other heating methods produce uneven heat, with the highest air temperatures near the ceilings. Hydronic heating puts the heat in the floor under your feet, gently warming a room or a complete structure. This results in similar heating levels with superior comfort without wasting energy and money in monthly fuel bills.