Hydronic vs Forced Air Heating and CoolingWritten by Daniel Gipe
Hydronic, or hot water, heating has been standard for years in many parts of U.S. It is seeing a surge in popularity at present, mainly because of increasing use of radiant floor heating, which is known for providing even, comfortable heat. Yet contrary to popular belief, not every home in 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 since typical hydronic system is significantly more expensive than 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 at lowest price, will find that forced hot air can be as comfortable as hydronic heating. Unfortunately, if heating system is hot water and home owner doesn’t spend extra up front to cool their home, their finished home may be still too expensive to add cooling system later and probably imposable to even install without doing even more expensive and inconvenient remodeling to accommodate such an install. Or homeowner may have to add a window air conditioner instead to each of rooms in home. Another system maybe a ductless system that is not as efficient as central split system design on a standard forced air install.
10 Tips for Hiring a Heating and Cooling ContractorWritten by Daniel Gipe
1. Study up - Find out about license and insurance requirements for contractors in your city. And before you call a contractor, know 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 about contractor's installation or service performance, and if job was completed on time and within budget.
4. Find special offers - A heating and cooling system is one of 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.