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Heating System FAQs

Heating systemWe are still in the throes of winter on Long Island and throughout New York state.  While there may be mixed reviews about whether or not the groundhog saw his shadow, it is a fact that here in the northeast, we usually experience cold weather through the end of March!  If you have a forced air heating system, a furnace or a boiler in your home, you want to make sure that your system is running effectively and efficiently to keep you warm through the rest of the winter.

Following are some tips and frequently asked questions about heating systems, furnaces and boilers that may help you to properly maintain and learn more about the heating system in your home or place of business.

What are the most common types of heating systems that are used in homes today?

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, “Most homes are heated with either furnaces or boilers. Furnaces heat air and distribute the heated air through the house using ducts. Boilers heat water, and provide either hot water or steam for heating. Steam is distributed via pipes to steam radiators, and hot water can be distributed via baseboard radiators or radiant floor systems, or can heat air via a coil. Steam boilers operate at a higher temperature than hot water boilers, and are inherently less efficient, but high-efficiency versions of all types of furnaces and boilers are currently available.”

What is the difference between a boiler and a furnace?

A boiler uses hot water to heat your living space, while a furnace uses warm air. The heat is different, and the way that heat is circulated through your home is different.

What is a forced air heating system?

Forced air systems use a furnace or heat pump to heat the air and then disperse it through the house via ductwork and in-room vents.

Can a forced air heating system also be used for central air conditioning?

Yes. Forced air systems are the only HVAC systems that can combine heating and cooling. The ductwork used for the heating aspect of your forced air system can also distribute central air conditioning throughout your home.

How do I know if my boiler or furnace is working efficiently?

furnaceWhile most people would not know how efficiently their boiler or furnace is running – if your heat is not working properly that may be a sign. The best way to find out though is by scheduling routine maintenance and inspection services with a reputable and professional HVAC company.

What are the benefits of preventative maintenance services for your heating system?

Preventative maintenance should be performed at least once a year by a qualified HVAC technician.  It offers several valuable benefits for homeowners including:

System Protection: Preventative maintenance is a homeowner’s best defense in protecting their investment in a furnace, boiler or other type of heating system as well as the comfort of their household. Preventative maintenance can ensure that the heating system operates efficiently.

Energy Efficiency:  Preventative maintenance services can reduce wear and tear to a heating system. The technician will clean and lubricate any components so they perform optimally and they can resolve any issues that may be causing it to consume excess energy while running. Annual maintenance can help to reduce energy consumption throughout the season, lowering your heating bills.

Consistent Performance:  When your heating system is properly maintained, it operates reliably and efficiently, delivering consistent comfort throughout the home.

The best way to ensure that your heating system is functioning safely and efficiently is by scheduling routine maintenance services. Excellent Air Conditioning and Heating Services Inc. can inspect and perform any necessary maintenance on your heating system to ensure that it is functioning properly. They can also perform carbon monoxide testing and test your system for any dangerous leaks, to ensure the safety of your home and family. Give them a call at 516-248-2795 or 631-427-0677.



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