A warm inviting home is the best way to welcome friends and family, but when the heat breaks down you can find yourself left out in the cold. There are several ways to heat your home, but the most common is an HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) system. The HVAC is a combined unit that is centrally located in the home to provide treated air to all the rooms. This system is split into two cabinets. The first is the AC condenser located outside the home and the second houses the furnace and air exchange system. To ensure you get the most from your HVAC, you should have a Heating Company perform regular maintenance on the system.
Routine maintenance should include cleaning and testing of all equipment including the thermostat. The thermostat is the brains behind your heating system. It controls when the unit turns on and when it shuts off. A malfunctioning thermostat could prevent the furnace from ever igniting, or it could leave you with a furnace that won’t shut off. Other places where regular maintenance is important include the combustion or heating chamber. If you use a gas or oil based furnace, you should also be concerned about the flue. A weak exhaust system could allow the carbon monoxide to leak into the house, resulting in a very dangerous situation.
There are other methods for heating a home including baseboard heating, thermal floor radiant heat, and heat pumps. Each of these systems can result in excellent energy efficiency and a very warm home. Baseboard heating systems are typically electric units designed to radiate heat from the walls of the room. Radiant floor heating is used to create slow warmth in the room and works on the principle that hot air rises. Heat pumps work by moving warm air from one space to another. In many cases, you may want to incorporate a combination of these systems (for instance, a radiant floor system for kitchens and bathrooms while using a heat pump to control overall heat). No matter which heating system you choose, you will need an experienced heating company to install and maintain it for you.
When searching for companies in your area, look for ones with longevity and a proven track record in the HVAC industry. A good example, as well as, an ideal starting point for HVAC services or repair needs would be speaking with a certified technician at a company similar to Horizon Services, located in Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland.
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