With the turn of the seasons, many will find that they are adjusting their heating and cooling units to bring comfort to their homes. Yet, when it comes to HVAC systems, most do not have the tools to make the best decisions concerning their equipment. For a comfortable home in the season to come, it’s best to learn the basics.

HVAC systems consist of the heating, air conditioning, and ventilation components for a space. While they provide thermal comfort, they also provide air quality for indoor spaces. Air conditioners, heat pumps, furnaces, boilers, and other packaged systems represent types of HVAC systems. In turn, each system is comprised of ductwork and air handlers, which contribute to their performance.

As temperatures drop, comfort is key. Yet, energy efficiency is also important. Read below to learn a few basics about heating systems.

Heating: Boilers

Boilers may be used to heat residential or commercial spaces. Boilers use hot water or steam to generate heat, and are rated according to their annual fuel utilization (AFUE). This measures their thermal efficiency.

Heating: Furnaces

Providing space heating through forcing air through ducts, Furnaces are the most common component in space heating in the United States, especially in homes. As with boilers, the efficiency of furnaces is also rated based on the annual fuel utilization (AFUE).

Heating: Heat Pumps

Two types classify Heat Pumps: Air-Source and Ground-Source. Air-source heat pumps are more common, and work exactly like an air conditioner in the cooling cycle. For heating, it works in reverse, which means it cools the outside and vents heat to the inside. In short, air-source heat pumps transfer heat by air. In contrast, ground-source heat pumps move heat through the Earth or water.

Overall, heat pumps are considered a highly efficient method of space conditioning, simply because they move heat around, rather than generating it.

Full System Efficiency Analysis

As your heating and cooling specialists, the skilled technicians at ClimateSmith, LLC place a high value on your comfort. That’s why we are committed to helping you stay warm in the upcoming season, while keeping energy costs low. Did you know that our licensed and insured team will conduct a full system efficiency analysis for you? Call ClimateSmith, LLC today to ensure that your home is comfortable all year long. 

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