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In Decatur IL, heating systems are essential parts of any home or business. A building without a heating system in the winter is inhabitable. For homeowners, a defective heating system may result in health issues, especially for older and younger occupants. For businesses, the lack of heat may mean the loss of customers. With winter fast approaching, it is important that heating systems should be checked for normal operations and efficiency. You won't want your heating system to fail in the middle of winter. Therefore, as early as fall season, heating systems should be checked or installed for new homes and buildings.


Heating in Decatur IL is expertly provided by Rich Plumbing and HVAC. Whether you are constructing your new home or business establishment or looking to repair your existing heating system, you can rely on our professional heating services to bring heat and comfort to your place. We offer different heating systems according to your needs. As such, we discuss the different methods of providing heat to a building so that you can fully understand what's going on and how energy is consumed as your area is heated. Rich Plumbing and HVAC values educating its clients for a better understanding of our processes.






Central HeatingCentral Heating


A central heating system provides warmth to the whole interior of a building from one point to multiple rooms. Central heating is one of the most popular heating systems because it is highly efficient and easy to control, which makes it economical to run while being environmentally friendly. Moreover, the initial setup costs are paid back by long-term benefits. A home can be warmed within minutes of the system being turned on regardless of how cold it is outside, and the systems are virtually silent. Here are some components of central heating systems:


Furnaces - The majority of households in Decatur IL depend on a central furnace for heating. This device works by blowing heated air through ducts, which bring the heated air to rooms throughout the home through air registers or grills. This type of heating system is called a ducted warm air or forced warm air distribution system and can be powered by electricity, natural gas, or fuel oil.


Boilers - Whereas furnaces carry heat through warm air, boiler systems distribute heat through hot water, which releases heat as it passes through radiators or other devices in rooms throughout the house. When the hot water cools, it returns to the boiler to be reheated. Hot water systems are often called hydronic systems, and residential boilers generally use natural gas or heating oil for fuel.


Heat PumpsHeat Pumps - These devices are simply two-way air conditioners. During the summer, an air conditioner works by moving heat from the relatively cool indoors to the relatively warm outdoors. In the winter, the heat pump reverses this process, collecting heat from the cold outdoors through an electrical system and distributing the collected heat inside the house. Almost all heat pumps use forced warm-air delivery systems to move heated air throughout the house.


Direct Heating Systems


These heating systems rely on the concept of radiation, where heat is produced from a single point and is radiated toward an area. Therefore, as compared with central heating systems, direct heating systems may be less efficient and take a longer time to heat a home. However, direct heating systems are relatively cheaper and easier to install for temporary heating, but they are also more dangerous and consume more energy per output. Here are some examples of direct heating devices:


Electric Space Heaters - These portable electric heaters are inexpensive to buy but are costly to use. They are plug-in devices that are usually resistive in nature. These heaters include "oil-filled" and "quartz-infrared" heaters. They convert electric current from the wall socket directly into heat, similar to the operation of a toaster or a clothes iron. As such, the heat emitted by this device is limited, and it takes time to heat a whole room.


Gas-fired Space Heaters - In some places, gas-fired direct heaters are popular. These devices include wall-mounted, free-standing, and floor furnaces, all characterized by their lack of ductwork and relatively small heat output. Because they lack ducts, they are most useful for warming a single room. If several rooms must be heated, then either the doors between rooms must be left open or another heating method is used.


Geothermal SystemsGeothermal Systems


Nowadays, it seems that everyone is concerned about saving money, conserving energy, and going green. Therefore, using geothermal energy is the answer. Rich Plumbing and HVAC offers Trane, which provides a proven line of geothermal products that we can install in your home or business.  Geothermal systems use electricity to access the near-constant temperatures found deep in the earth. The system accesses those temperatures by drilling loops down in the ground and running the loops back to your system.


Quality Heating Systems by Professionals


Regardless of the type of heating system you want to be installed in your home, Rich Plumbing and HVAC has the solutions. For 25 years, we have helped households and businesses live and operate comfortably through reliable heating systems in Decatur IL. 

We specialize in geothermal systems (offered by Trane), which provide a proven solution that is not only practical but also readily available today. A geothermal heat pump can save half the cost of heating the average home. In addition, purchasing a geothermal unit can not only save you money on your energy costs but can also make you eligible to receive an energy tax credit.  


Trust Rich Plumbing and HVAC today for quality heating systems. Get in touch with us today to get started.


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