Sunset Air Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Heating Installation’

Should I Replace My Heating System before Winter?

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

If your heating system is not up to the task of keeping your home warm throughout the coming winter, it’s a good idea to replace it now. You don’t want to have it dying on you in the middle of a cold winter, do you? There are a number of different signs that your heating system needs to be replaced with a new one. Let’s go over a few of the more common ones.

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The Benefits of Switching to a Ductless System

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

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The Benefit of Switching to a Ductless Heating and Cooling System Increased comfort:

Ductless heating and cooling systems are extremely efficient at distributing heat evenly throughout your living space. One indoor unit is enough to regulate the temperatures in a large space. Ductless systems are suitable for any open floor plan and are easy to control. With a duct system the air has more distance to travel before entering the room it will be heating or cooling. Duct systems can waste an average of 40% of your heating and cooling energy.

Monthly savings:

Ductless systems can replace the primary heat source in all electrically heated homes. Ductless systems heat homes for a fraction of the cost of a baseboard, electric furnaces, or wall and ceiling heaters.

Heating and cooling all in one unit:

This allows you to control your comfort no matter what season it is. With a ductless system, the heating and cooling is all done from one unit making it a great choice for controlling the temperature of your home all year round. No more external air conditioners and the maintenance that comes with them.

Easy, low-cost installation:

Ductless systems do not require costly and complicated ductwork. This allows you to set aside your worries of duct cleaning and expensive maintenance. A ductless installation can usually be completed within a couple of days.

Breathe cleaner, healthier air:

With a ductless system you can say goodbye to dirt, dust, germs, mildew, and odor causing gases. A ductless system will continuously be circulating fresh air into your living space, making it a prime choice for people who suffer from allergies.

Incentive opportunities:

Many local utility companies such as Puget Sound Energy offer cash incentives up to $1,500 for changing to a ductless system. This can make it a whole lot easier on your pockets when making the transition.

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Benefits of a Boiler System

Friday, October 10th, 2014

Considering how popular forced air systems are across the country, it may seem odd to prefer a boiler system over a furnace. If you dig a bit deeper into how a boiler works, however, you’ll find that there are a number of benefits that it offers over other systems.

Have a look at the following benefits to see if a boiler system is right for you.

Heating Efficiency

One of the first things you need to know about a boiler system is the difference between using air and water to deliver heat. Water is actually a much better conductor of thermal energy than air is, making it a more efficient medium for delivering heat. If you use a radiant heating system, your heating bills will often be noticeably lower than if you used a forced air system.

Radiant systems also avoid some of the major pitfalls that forced air systems fall into. For example, almost 30% of a forced air system’s heat is lost to things like duct leakage. A radiant system not only uses a more efficient thermal medium, it uses a more efficient delivery system as well.

Even Heating

In forced air systems, especially downflow furnaces, hot air pumped into a room will immediately rise to the ceiling. This wastes a lot of heat because the warm air will only sink as it cools, making it of little use to the room’s occupants. Radiant heating, on the other hand, often transfers thermal energy through water pipes underneath the floor of a room. These pipes radiate heat up through the floor, transferring into other solid objects without relying on air. This keeps heat from being lost by air rising to the top of a room. A boiler heating system can provide a much more comfortable heating experience by using this method.

A boiler system can be a great heating system upgrade, if you have it properly planned and budgeted. If you are interested in upgrading to a boiler system, call Sunset Air. Our HVAC professionals conduct heating installation and replacement service throughout the Olympia region.

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Furnace vs. Boilers: The Pros and Cons

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Here in Olympia, WA, heating installation can take on many forms. Our wet weather creates a constant need for reliable heat, which can embrace a wide variety of systems from centralized furnaces to radiant heating installed beneath your floors. Two of the most popular types are gas furnaces, which push heated air though a system of ducts to warm your home, and boilers which use pipes of hot water to accomplish the same task. Which one is better? That depends on you circumstances. Here’s a quick breakdown of furnace vs. boilers: the pros and cons.

  • Cost. Gas furnaces tend to cost less to install than boiler systems, especially in homes which don’t have an existing ducts or piping system to handle the heat. Furnaces also cost less to maintain than boilers, since replacement parts tend to cost more than they do for furnaces. However, boilers are often less expensive to run from month to month, saving you on the cost of heating.
  • Comfort. Both systems can provide reliable heating for your home and family. However, because furnaces use forced air, you need to put up with some of the vagaries of air flow in order to enjoy it. Cold spots sometimes happen with furnaces, for instance, as do drafty spots in certain sections of the house. Boilers tend to heat the space more evenly than furnaces, and do so without any noise or breeze. They can also be fitted with zone control systems more easily than furnaces, allowing them to
  • Cleanliness. Boilers have the advantage in terms of cleanliness because they don’t rely on blown air, which means they don’t pass allergens and other contaminants through your home. That makes for better indoor air quality, and a cleaner overall environment.

The question of furnace vs. boilers: the pros and cons come down to cost. Furnaces are much cheaper to install and repair, and can still provide reliable heating in the bargain. How much that maters depends on you. Heating installation services in Olympia, WA like Sunset Air can give you strong advice on which system works best for you, then install that system with courtesy and care. Give us a call today to make an appointment!

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