Every homeowner must weigh the benefits of forced air heating and cooling as opposed to other devices, such as radiant heaters or window or portable air conditioners. Both have their advantages, but if your home already contains a forced heating furnace and ductwork, you should consider forced air for your home.
In the following article, we shall discuss the pros and cons of forced air. One of the main ways to keep down your energy costs with this system is to have a regular duct cleaning, as this will prolong the life of the system.
Forced Air Heating and Cooling: Pros and Cons
What Is Forced Air Heating?
Forced air heating is the name for the system that disperses heat throughout your home. Most homes in Canada have built-in ductwork with central heat and air. The forced air furnace is most often located in the basement or center of the house; it usually runs on natural gas. Moreover, some homes rely on electric furnaces for their heating system.
Pros of Forced Air Heating
- Forced air heating is more affordable than radiant heat. Also, the installation process is less costly.
- Forced air heating heats up the home much faster than radiant heat.
- If you have a forced air system already installed, it is extremely easy to add in a central air conditioning system.
Cons of Forced Air Heating
- As ductwork is susceptible to leaks and other damages, repairs can be quite costly. A newer forced air system that is high quality, installed properly, and maintained regularly will efficiently heat your home. However, an older system may require some upkeep and repairs, which could be quite costly in the long run.
- Poor air quality is the main issue with forced air systems, as pollutants and other irritants can get trapped in the ductwork. This air then circulates throughout the home and can be a problem for those with health concerns, such as allergies or breathing issues.
What Is Forced Air Cooling?
Forced air cooling, or central air, can be easily installed if your home already has existing ductwork and a forced air system. The motor in the forced air heater can be used to circulate cool air throughout your ductwork and into your home.
Pros of Forced Air Cooling
- Forced air conditioning removes humidity from your home, which is a plus during extremely hot and humid summer days.
- Installation for central air is very affordable if you already have an existing furnace and ductwork in your home.
- Forced a/c will cool your home much faster than fans or portable air conditioner units and is more cost effective.
Cons of Forced Air Cooling
- If your system is older, it might require a great deal of upkeep and repair, which can outweigh the savings on your utility costs.
- Air pollution is a problem with air conditioning in the same way it affects forced heating systems. This can be an issue for those with already existing health issues.
Contact Comfort Clean if you are looking to install or repair your forced air heating system. We can answer any questions you may have as to which type of heating and cooling system is best for your home and your needs. Call us today for your duct cleaning or house cleaning needs.