Different Types of Furnaces Brookline MA

by | Nov 15, 2011 | home-garden

There are many different ways to heat a building such as furnaces, wood burners, solar panels, etc. This article will look at the three basic methods for heating our homes; they are furnaces, boilers, and heat pumps.

1. Forced Air Furnaces Brookline MA.

Furnaces Brookline MA says forced air furnaces are the most popular heating choice among homeowners because the ductwork that moves the warm air in winter can also be used to circulate air throughout the home in warmer months, and cool the house in summer with central air conditioning. Forced air furnaces can burn natural gas, fuel oil, or propane. The two main things homeowners can do to prolong the life of their furnace is checking and replacing the filter regularly. Clean filters not only take harmful dust, bacteria and allergens out of your home environment, but also prevent them from entering your furnace and ductwork. The other thing homeowners should do is have a reliable, licensed Furnaces Brookline MA contractor inspect their furnace yearly.

2. Is a boiler a type of Furnaces Brookline MA?

Many people now consider boilers a more efficient type of Furnace Brookline MA than standard forced-air furnaces, and more economical in the long run. The initial installation cost is higher due to the expense of copper and aluminum, but that cost may eventually be offset by its increased efficiency. The copper pipes used in a boiler system are a better thermal conductor than air. Copper holds heat longer, and disperses that heat more evenly throughout a room. A forced-air furnace has more variations in room temperature, causing the furnace to turn on and off more. Room temperatures with hydronic heat do not fluctuate as much as forced-air, which means boiler Furnaces Brookline MA do not have to kick as often. Boilers use the same fuels as forced air furnaces. There is no ductwork, therefore indoor air quality is generally better. In addition, they do not “boil” the water, just heat it up and circulate it.

3. I do not think heat pumps are considered Furnaces Brookline MA.

Since the same Furnaces Brookline MA contractors maintain and repair heat pumps and furnaces, here we go. Heat pumps transfer thermal energy from one place to another. Your air conditioner and refrigerator are heat pumps. A compressor on one end and an evaporator on the other. If it is too warm inside, the heat pump swings into action and sends some of that warm air outside. “Swings into action” is not the technical term, but you get the idea. If it is too cold inside the house, and here comes the strange part, a heat pump can take heat from outside, even if it is only 10 degrees outside, and “transfer” that heat into your house, making it a nice cozy home. I guess you have to see it to believe it.

No matter what type of Furnaces Brookline MA you have, or are going to get, hire a reliable, licensed contractor to do the work for you.



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