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Heating Products

There are many reasons to invest in a new residential or commercial heating system, but the main reasons are to reduce your cost of energy use or the cost of repairs on your current system.

We service a wide range of heating products including:

  • Furnaces (electric, gas, or propane)
  • Heat pumps, boilers and radiators
  • Other home comfort systems

Furnaces

New furnaces can use up to 40% less natural gas than older models

Natural gas prices have more than tripled in the past 10 years, and many analysts are forecasting further price increases. Fortunately, the efficiency ratings of new furnaces have also been increasing. In 1995, the government raised the minimum required efficiency of new furnaces to 78%. Most furnaces installed before this time were only 60-70% efficient, and very old furnaces can be less than 50% efficient. New Lennox, Amana, and Goodman furnaces are 90% to 95% efficient.

New 80% furnaces use less energy than older furnaces due to many design improvements, including:

  • lack of a pilot light (hot-surface ignition is used instead)
  • closing off of the chimney when the burners are off- there is not always an opening for heat loss
  • a heat exchanger with more surface area enabling more exchange of heat

Efficiency is key

A high efficiency (90-95%) furnace achieves its rating by releasing the chimney gases at a lower temperature. In regular furnaces, the chimney gases leave the chimney at well over the boiling point of water so that they can rise quickly without rusting the heat exchanger and chimney pipe. In a high efficiency furnace, more heat is removed from these gases in a second stainless steel heat exchanger and a second fan then blows them outside in a plastic pipe.

Boilers

Most older boilers are only about 65% efficient, and many are even less. This means that only 65% of the heat they produce is transferred to the water that heats your home. The rest is lost up the chimney. New boilers are between 80% and 98% efficient, and can save you up to 40% on your utility costs.

When older boilers turn on, they only run at full capacity. This means that on a mild day or when only one area of your home is being heated, they will constantly come on for a couple minutes at a time. Most new high efficiency boilers can match their output to the home's needs and run at a consistent lower level. This results in energy savings, quieter operation, and reduced hot and cold spots in your home.

Steel vs. Corrosion-Resistant Heat Exchangers

Most boilers have steel heat exchangers. The water passing through them will eventually rust them away. Copper and stainless steel are more desirable as they will last much longer.

Using corrosion-resistant materials is especially important when you have polybutylene (grey plastic) piping. In homes with this kind of piping, copper or stainless steel boilers are mandatory.

Heat Pumps

A heat pump is like an air conditioner that can also run in reverse. It also works a lot like a fridge. Your fridge removes heat from the near-freezing inside air and expels it out the bottom or back of the unit into the warmer kitchen air. A heat pump is like a fridge but has a much greater capacity to move heat. On a cool day, it can remove heat from the cooler air outdoors and move it into your home. The cycle can be reversed in the summer so that heat is being removed from your homes air to the outdoors.


 
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