Interested in understanding the basics of heating? Here are answers to some of your most frequently asked questions.
What Is the Difference Between Ductless Heating and Central Heating?
Central heating uses a furnace to create warm air that is pushed by a blower through a series of ducts and out of strategically placed vents in a building.
Ductless heating uses an outdoor heat pump that transfers heat from outside into an air handler to heat a space. Ductless systems often have one or two outdoor units and multiple indoor units.
What Type of Heating System is the Best?
Ductless is the most energy-efficient type of heating available.
However, the needs of homes, businesses, and the people in them differ greatly. An experienced HVAC technician can help you decide which heating system is the best fit.
What Is a Heat Pump?
A heat pump is a device that moves warm air from one area to another instead of generating it.
For example, during the winter, a heat pump will extract the heat from outdoors and pump it inside to your home. In the summer, it does the reverse to keep your home cool.
How Can I Save Money on My Heating Bills?
You can save money on your heating bills by setting the temperature on your furnace, boiler, ductless, or central system lower during the winter.
A common myth is that you can save money by lowering the thermostat for a period, such as when you’re gone for work, and then raising it again when you’re using the space. This makes the system work harder to bring the temperature up after being set low for so long and uses more energy.
Generally, a ductless heating system does not have this issue. Because ductless systems are zoned, they’re intended to be turned down when not in use.
You can also save money on your heating bills by covering drafty windows, opening curtains to let the sun in, cleaning your vents and filters, and adding extra insulation in attics.
How Do I Know If I Need My Heating System Serviced?
Your heating system should be serviced if it is making strange noises, smells bad, or is blowing cool air.
You should also have your heating system maintained on a regular basis or before the start of the winter season to ensure it stays in top condition. You don’t want to wait until something goes wrong first.
How Do I Choose a Heating Provider?
Choose a heating provider that has a good reputation in your area and offers expert-level service. Avoid hiring companies that don’t have a website, a logo on their truck, or who don’t respond to your calls and emails in a timely manner.
At N.E.T.R., Inc. we provide our technicians with extensive training at the time of hire and throughout their career with us. Contact us today if you have more questions about heating your home or business at 781.933.6387.