Furnaces and boilers are common household space-heating appliances throughout the U.S. Furnaces heat air and distribute the heated air through the house via ductwork. Boilers heat water, providing either hot water or steam for heating. Hot water can either be distributed via baseboard radiators, radiant floor systems, or can move through a heat-exchanger coil to heat air that is then distributed through the house. Steam is distributed via pipes to steam radiators. On a national basis, roughly 65% of U.S. housing units have warm-air furnaces, 11% have residential boilers, and 12% use electric heat pumps. For those homeowners who are considering transitioning to either a furnace or boiler to heat their home, several options are available. Please keep reading to learn more about these new and exciting options!
COAL AND MULTI-FUEL CENTRAL HEATING APPLIANCES
Central heating has been with us for thousands of years. In fact, cities in the Roman Empire heated many public buildings and baths by conducting heat from a wood fire up through empty spaces under the floors. In the late 1800s, clean burning hard coal became the fuel of choice for much of the country. Coal-fired central heat was installed in virtually every home and commercial building. This trend continued until after World War II when oil- or gas-fired boilers and furnaces replaced the majority of coal-fired units. It wasn’t until the early 1990s that coal and multi-fuel units made their triumphant return. The recent fluctuations in natural gas and propane costs have only encouraged more homeowners to consider making the switch.
PELLET AND CORN CENTRAL HEATING APPLIANCES
Heating with wood pellets and corn is no longer just reserved for stoves and fireplace inserts. Wood pellet and corn furnaces and boilers are now being used to heat homes and businesses with all the comfort people have come to expect from their traditional heat source. These newer furnaces and boilers function much like oil and propane units, with fully automatic operation, domestic hot water heating, and zoned comfort control. Typically, an ignition element lights the pellets or corn on an as needed basis, while the fuel is fed to the burner in measured amounts via an auger connected to an attached hopper or adjacent storage bin. These systems are convenient enough to be a logical alternative to fossil fuel fired units. A huge advantage to these new units is that they can save homeowners 40-60% on their heating costs.
A central heating system is a large investment, and once installed you’ll have to live with it for a long time. If you choose to replace your heating system, you’ll have the opportunity to install equipment that incorporates the most energy-efficient heating technologies available. Make certain you do your research before purchasing and installing, as this will assure you get your money’s worth. If you’re tired of struggling to keep your home comfortable throughout, check out our selection of central heating appliances/furnaces/boilers. No matter the size of your home, we have a central heating appliance that is equipped to handle the job and provide the consistency for which you’ve been longing. If you have any questions or would like to know more about any of the products you see on our site, please give us a call! We’re here to help!