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Whether you’re a homeowner currently in the process of troubleshooting something that’s gone wrong with your home’s heating system or you are evaluating what the best heating system to install for your home would be, the team at Rich Plumbing can help. We have over 25 years of heating services experience in Bloomington, IL and can help you choose the right energy efficient home heating system for this upcoming winter. Don’t be left in the cold or facing more expensive energy bills, choose the right heating system and have more money each month for the things you love!
The five most common heating systems found in Central Illinois are forced air, radiant heat, steam radiant, geothermal, and hydronic. While each of these can be found in Bloomington-Normal, IL, by far the most common in newly-built or renovated homes would be a forced air heating system.
A forced air heating system uses a variety of fuel sources including natural gas, oil, electricity, or propane to force hot air throughout the vent system in a house. By having the proper ductwork set up in your home, these systems can be extremely efficient and less expensive than some of the comparable methods. In addition, a forced air heating system can reach the highest annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE), saving you money over the course of a year.
AFUE stands for annual fuel utilization efficiency. The annual fuel utilization efficiency of a heating unit measures the thermal efficiency of that specific unit over the course of one year. It is calculated simply by taking the outputs of energy divided by the inputs required to produce that energy. The higher the percentage, the more efficient the heating system is and the more money you save for years to come!
A radiant heating system works by using a series of tubes (usually in a floor) to heat the surface above. By having hot water pass constantly through the tubing, radiant heat rises to heat the floor and air in the room above it. Sometimes, you will also find this style of heating used in ceilings, but won’t heat the room quite as quickly due to the fact that hot air rises.
Largely found in older homes and rooms, a steam radiant system will have the familiar look of vertical tubing against a wall with the responsibility of heating the space. Although some people do not prefer the look of radiant heaters, they will tend to produce more comfortable heat over time and heat the room very quickly as opposed to an in-floor heating system.
By far the most expensive to install in your home, a geothermal heating system takes heat available from the earth to be pumped into your home by what is called a ground loop pipe. If you are interested in looking more into the pros & cons of having a geothermal heating system in your home, please contact our office so we can go over the details in more depth with you.
If you are in a home that has heating units running along the baseboards of each room, then you almost surely are working with a hydronic heating system. Similar to the radiant heating systems described above, a hydronic heating system pumps hot water from a boiler into the rooms of your homes in order to heat them consistently throughout the day. While some people like these systems in bedrooms because they are quiet, you will need to have a separate air conditioning system with separate ductwork to be comfortable in the humid Central Illinois summers.
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