HOME HEATING SYSTEMSWhen most people say “Furnace” they are using the term to mean whole house heating system. But there are actual two different heating systems that are both commonly used in the Ottawa region.
Boilers (Hydronic Heating) & Furnaces (Forced Air Heating)
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BOILERS – HYDRONIC HEATING
FURNACE FORCED AIR HEATING
Forced Air Heating uses hot air which is blown through a duct system. The same duct system can also be used for air conditioning in the warmer months. A forced air heating system is usually called a “furnace” and can be purchased alone or in a heating and cooling combination with a central air conditioner.
Regardless of which heating system you use the most expensive operating costs of running a home in Ottawa is your heating bill from your furnace, boiler, HRV (Heat Recovery Ventilation) or Heat Pump. Yet many people today still heat their homes in the most expensive way possible through old out dated boiler systems and inefficient allergy irritating forced air systems. This not only wastes thousands of dollars and is hard on the environment but it can also compromise your family’s health.
When it comes to our home heating system we have come to rely on them without even thinking about them. These systems are always running in the winter working for you to keep your family warm but at what cost?
So the smart homeowner is now looking for options to reduce heating costs while still providing the comfort and dependability they need in a heating system.
In today’s homes these comfort systems are becoming more and more complex as our demands for comfort and energy conservation continue to grow. Whether you are considering modifying your current system to improve efficiencies and reduce health risks or you are looking to simply upgrade to a newer more efficient heating system that will save you money there are many options available to you.
So how is a homeowner to know what is best for their home and budget?
Without an education in hydronic boilers, radiant floor heating, tankless heating & forced air furnace heating systems it is impossible to know which to choose let alone what to begin looking for without some help. And even if you had the education technology is constantly changing introducing newer more efficient environmentally friendly equipment which means even more options…
The information can be overwhelming so most homeowners turn to a trusted heating specialist to help them make these decisions.
Boilers & Hydronics or Forced Air HVAC systems
Any heating company (HVAC or Hydronics heating company) can install a forced air heating systems & service it but the quality, efficiency, ease of maintenance, longevity, cold spots, mold growth, skin & breathing issues, high utility bills are just a few of the potential issues if it isn’t done right the first time.
When it comes to hydronics (water based heating systems) it is essential to deal with a licensed plumbing company that specializes in hydronic heating or you could end up with a boiler that doesn’t produce enough heat, leaves your home with cold spots, or overheats your home or worse leaves your home with burst frozen pipes on the coldest winter days.
HVAC companies may be able to install basic boilers, but they don’t have the training in plumbing codes and thus frequently make costly mistakes during the installation and rarely can provide any ongoing service or repairs after the boiler installation is done (they aren’t trained or certified to work on these units, they just want the sale).
D R Francis Plumbing and Heating is not only a licensed HVAC contractor but is the Ottawa area boiler specialist. The owner (a Certified Master Plumber & Hydronics Heating Specialist) has been installing boilers and hydronic heating systems for over 35 years following in his father’s and his grandfather’s footsteps working on everything from the 100 year old boiler systems to the latest high efficiency combi-boiler technology.
Many older homes have old style boiler systems that can be up to 100 years old and the only way to know these systems is through experience in working with them since they no longer teach these systems in school today.
In addition we keep current on the newest technology available for home heating and are professionally trained by the manufacturer in both service and installation of these new heating technologies.
How do we select which heating equipment to recommend and provide?
- How can it serve our customers?
- Does it meet Canadian Safety Standards & all Ontario plumbing & heating codes.
- Is it reliable?
- Can we use it in older homes or only new homes?
- Will it save our customers money?
- Is it good for our environment?
- Is it affordable? Will it pay for itself in savings and if so what is the payback period for our customers?
We realize that for our customers there is more than just choosing the right system – it also has to be able to fit into the installation restrictions dictated by their homes layout, it needs to eliminate cold spots where the previous heating was unbalanced, it also needs to be personalized to fit the specific comfort needs of that home owner giving them the options to control their home comfort room by room.
When we call ourselves the boiler & hydronics specialist we aren’t just bragging – we ARE Ottawa’s most trusted boiler specialist since 1933 and we have the background and decades of training and experience to show for it. We continue to learn and train in order to serve you, our customer, better.
If you are interested in an in-home assessment of your current hydronic heating system with options for improving it or to arrange for annual maintenance to improve it’s efficiency call our office at 613-224-0041