Hydronic vs Forced Air Heating and Cooling

Written by Daniel Gipe

Hydronic, or hot water, heating has been standard for years in many parts ofrepparttar U.S. It is seeing a surge in popularity at present, mainly because ofrepparttar 136149 increasing use of radiant floor heating, which is known for providing even, comfortable heat. Yet contrary to popular belief, not every home inrepparttar 136150 free world needs hydronic heat to achieve this level of comfort.

Apples to Oranges

Hydronic heat is sometimes touted as more comfortable than forced-air heat. But sincerepparttar 136151 typical hydronic system is significantly more expensive thanrepparttar 136152 typical hot-air system, especially if cooling is included, this is an apples-to-oranges comparison. Customers willing to invest in a quality hot-air system, rather than a bare-bones package atrepparttar 136153 lowest price, will find that forced hot air can be as comfortable as hydronic heating. Unfortunately, ifrepparttar 136154 heating system is hot water andrepparttar 136155 home owner doesn’t spendrepparttar 136156 extra up front to cool their home, their finished home may be still too expensive to addrepparttar 136157 cooling system later and probably imposable to even install without doing even more expensive and inconvenient remodeling to accommodate such an install. Orrepparttar 136158 homeowner may have to add a window air conditioner instead to each ofrepparttar 136159 rooms inrepparttar 136160 home. Another system maybe a ductless system that is not as efficient asrepparttar 136161 central split system design on a standard forced air install.

10 Tips for Hiring a Heating and Cooling Contractor

Written by Daniel Gipe

1. Study up - Find out about license and insurance requirements for contractors in your city. And before you call a contractor, knowrepparttar model of your current system and its maintenance history. Also make note of any uncomfortable rooms. This will help potential contractors better understand your heating needs. We still have to see your home

2. Consider Seasoned installers- We have over 20 years experience.

3. Call references - Ask contractors for customer references and call them. Ask aboutrepparttar 136148 contractor's installation or service performance, and ifrepparttar 136149 job was completed on time and within budget.

4. Find special offers - A heating and cooling system is one ofrepparttar 136150 largest purchases you'll make as a homeowner. Keep your costs down by checking around for available rebates on energy-efficient ENERGY STAR qualified heating and cooling equipment. Begin your search at www.energystar.gov. Also, call 763-546-7377 and ask Daniel for details on rebates.

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