Home heating systems deliver warmth and comfort during the cold winter months. With so many types of heating systems available, however, you may find it challenging to choose the right heating method for your family. As you consider different types of heating systems, pay close attention to efficiency. Snellville Heating and Air in Barrow, Gwinnett, and Walton County carries the most efficient heating systems to help reduce your reliance on fossil fuels, which can lower air pollution and slow the effects of global warming.
Furnaces rely on forced air to heat the home. The furnace contains a fan that blows the warm air into a series of ducts, which then distribute warm air throughout the home. A furnace can be powered by oil, gas or electricity, and the choice between these fuel sources largely depends on fuel costs and availability in your area. According to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), gas-powered furnaces feature efficiency ratings of 78 to 96 percent, while oil-powered furnaces typically offer slightly lower efficiency ratings. While electrical furnaces are highly efficient, the electricity they use primarily comes from coal. Coal by-products include toxic fumes like sulfur dioxide and greenhouse gases. You may want your family home to use these furnaces powered by cleaner-burning propane or natural gas.
Boilers heat water, then use the hot water or steam to heat the home. They are used with radiators, hydronic baseboard heaters or underfloor radiant heating systems. Unlike furnaces, boilers do not rely on forced air, so the heat they produce is less dry than that of a furnace. If you or your family suffer from allergies or dry skin, you may prefer the moist heat generated by a boiler. Unlike a furnace, a boiler can also heat water and may replace the traditional hot water heater in some homes.
According to ACEEE, gas boilers have efficiency ratings ranging from 80 to 99 percent, while oil-powered boilers can range from 80 to 90 percent. The higher the efficiency rating, the less the unit will cost to operate and the less it will impact the environment.
Solar heating systems rely on energy from the sun to heat the home. Compared to other heating systems, they cost little to operate and generate clean, Eco-friendly energy. Passive solar design uses no mechanical systems or controls. Instead, passive solar relies on windows and insulation to maximize sun exposure and keep heat energy in the home. Active solar systems require the use of solar panels, which collect solar energy and transform it into usable heat for the home. According to Energy Savers, solar-powered systems are the cleanest energy source you can choose for your home because they produce no pollution. Solar products protect your family from the dangers of greenhouse gases, global warming and poor air quality caused by fossil fuels.
Air source heat pumps draw heat energy from outdoor air, then transfer it indoors so it can be used to heat the home. Geothermal heat pumps perform a similar function, but draw heat energy from underground. According to Energy Savers, air source units have an efficiency rating of 200 percent, which means that for every unit of energy they consume, they generate two units of heat. Geothermal heat pumps are even more efficient, with a rating of 300 percent. This ultra-high efficiency rating makes heat pumps a smart choice for protecting both air quality and the environment.
Snellville Heating and Air provides HVAC services for all of Metro Atlanta and surrounding counties including, Walton, Gwinnett, Barrow, and Clark county Georgia.