Heater Services – How Home Heating Works
At Intelligent Design we want you to get the most out of your heater services. Your central heating system is either a gas furnace or an electric heat pump. A gas furnace will
operate independently from the rest of the HVAC system. By contrast, a heat pump uses the
reverse cycle of the air conditioner, so that all of the components are working year-round. The
air handler blower can be either single-stage in basic systems or variable-speed in
However, all of these components to your heating system must be
carefully matched together during installation. A mismatched system will operate poorly. In some
cases, it may not operate at all. Book your heater services today, Click below to get on our schedule.
Nothing Lasts Forever
In most cases, a heating system will last about 10 to 20 years. After that, you should
consider replacing it, even though it might still run and blow cold air. Indeed, installing
a new high efficiency heating system could cut your gas bill by up to 60% as compared to the
cost of running your old system. With savings like that—along with all of the federal tax
credits, and factory and utility rebates that are offered frequently—it simply doesn’t make
sense to keep using it. In other words, replacing your system can turn out to be the wisest
move. Thus, you shouldn’t wait to call for heater services when your system is slowing down.
Parts of a Heating System
Heat Pumps.If you use only electricity to heat and cool your
a heat pump is the most energy-efficient system that you can use for indoor comfort. In fact,
provide three times more heating than the equivalent amount of energy they consume. Heat pumps
double duty as your home’s air conditioner. Indeed, a high-efficiency heat pump can reduce the
electricity you use for heating by as much as 30 to 40%.
Furnace.The standard furnace today operates at 80% efficiency.
every dollar you spend on gas, 20% is discarded as carbon monoxide and 80% is brought into your
heat. In colder climates, you can purchase systems at up to 98% gas efficiency.
Air Ducts.Today, ductwork in homes consists of insulated
that snake across the attic floor or under the house. For most people, however, heating ducts
sight and out of mind. Thus, we often neglect them. In fact, a recent study by the Arizona
Commission concluded that the average home loses up to 30-50% of the hot air before it ever gets
rooms where it is needed due to leaking ductwork. As a result, you could be overpaying your
bills by as much as 30-50%.
AFUE stands for Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency, and it is the way in which furnaces are rated
comparison. Most furnaces produced are between 80 and 96.6% efficient. However, it’s important
remember that not all units with the same AFUE ratings are equal. The differences become clear
look closer at things like construction, quality, reliability, durability, and enhanced
Blower Speed and Stages
Single-Speed/Single Stage. This is a basic furnace. It is limited in that it
high heat mode. Furnaces are designed so that they are able to heat your home on the coldest
there are only a few days per season when that condition exists. A single-speed furnace does not
ability to adjust to milder conditions. This causes large temperature swings and a less
addition, this may lead to increased energy usage and system repairs.
Two-Speed/Two Stage. Technology enables a gas furnace to improve indoor air
overall comfort, while reducing operating noise. It operates at a slower, more consistent level more
90% of the time. This means lower temperature swings and cold drafts which are associated with
Variable-Speed. Variable-speed furnaces feature the best technology as well as being
quietest furnaces in the industry today. The blower motor ramps up gently, quietly and economically
provide a nearly continuous flow of warm air in a low capacity operation, maximizing your comfort.
addition, the blower motor uses only 6.5% of the power of a standard furnace blower motor.