Forced air heating: what is it?
If you’re in the market for a new heating system for your home, then you’ve probably heard of forced air heating. The term forced air heating refers to heating systems that transfer heat using forced air. Vents and ductwork are used to distribute air in these systems. A single thermostat controls the forced air heating system that uses fan-forced air to heat the entire house. Due to their concealment in crawlspaces, attics, and walls, ducts can go unnoticed. Air is continuously circulated within the house through return air ducts.
What a Forced Air Heating System Does
In forced air heating systems, heat is generated by using natural gas, propane, or electricity as the fuel source. Heat is transferred from a heat exchanger to moving air in a gas furnace via gas ignition. High-resistance wires absorb heat from moving air in an electric furnace. Both systems use ductwork to force hot air into your home and circulate it throughout with a fan or blower.
An explanation of how forced air heating works
The heating unit is controlled by a single thermostat that turns it on and off depending on the temperature setting. The forced air heating system generates heat by forcing air over heat exchangers or heating elements once it is turned on. Your ducts distribute hot air out of the registers, and the air is then circulated throughout your home. In most houses, registers are adjustable so that the direction and amount of air flow can be controlled. When the desired temperature is reached, gas is ignited or electricity is flowed to elements.
The Maintenance of Forced Air Heating Systems: A Guide for Homeowners
In order for a forced air heating system to function properly, air filters are one of the most important components. Filters that are clogged will make the system run longer and harder to deliver heat. During the winter season, it is necessary to replace or clean the filter every month, while during the rest of the year it needs to be cleaned at least every three months.
A professional tune-up is recommended for every furnace on a regular basis. Blue Ox Heating & Air technicians ensure that no item goes unchecked during a complete tune-up. Among them are:
Tune-up items for furnaces:
- The blower motor should be checked and the blower wheel should be balanced.
- Temperature differences between supply and return air should be checked.
- Heat exchangers should be inspected.
- The furnace should be subjected to a combustion analysis.
- Motors in inducers should be inspected.
The Merits and Demerits of forced air heating system
Energy costs associated with forced air heating
Time required for heating
The installation process is simple
Assurance of reliability
Efficient and cost-effective
Filtration of air
The air duct system
Control system that is located at a central location
The installation process
If you already have ductwork and insulation, installation is straightforward. A duct installation can be expensive if there is no existing ductwork.
What type of air heating system do you have in your home? Would you be interested in installing one? Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns. Our team is available to assist you.