The pros and cons of ducted heating


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Ducted heating is a luxury that can make even the darkest, most icy and least survivable months easy to get through! On those frosty mornings when you get out of bed and cannot feel your toes. It is a blessing to have your heater turn on and warm your home before you even get out of bed! Modern ducted heaters are much more energy efficient than older models, giving a more pleasing consistent temperature, better control of your fan speed, and no need for a pilot light! Ducted heating is also a major investment in your home and one of the most efficient forms of heating. Visit this page to learn more about gas ducted heating.

If one desires to heat some areas of the house or desires a warm comfort throughout the house, then the most effective, efficient and cheapest option is the ducted system. Although they are suitable for all climates, they are more useful for homes where the temperature variations between winter and summer months are extreme.

The installation of ducted heating is fairly expensive. But once it is installed, great versatility is offered in the way a house is heated.

A central heating unit is used by the ducted heating, which produces air at high temperature. This air is then pumped through ducts, which are insulated heavily. These ducts are present in the ceiling or under the floor and are connected to vents that are situated in different areas of the house.

The central heater component is either a reverse cycle air conditioner or a large gas furnace that runs on natural gas or LPG. If it is a reverse cycle air conditioner, then the same system can be used for duct cooling.

The majority of these systems allow the controlling of heat distribution throughout the house with the help of dampers. Dampers are basically the mechanics that aids in blocking heating ducts, thereby preventing the hot air from flowing to certain areas of the house. These dampers can be controlled either automatically, by using a remote control or can be controlled manually.

The Pros and cons of ducted heating

Let’s take a look at both the advantages and disadvantages:

Advantages of ducted heating

  • Cheaper to install, the initial investment is lower
  • Heats the rooms quickly

Disadvantages of ducted heating

  • It is less energy efficient than hydronic
  • It alters the air pressure and air flow in the room which affects the return path of air back to the heating unit. Hot air is also lost through unsealed cracks and openings thus reducing heating efficiency.
  • Room temperature is not even. The areas near the outlet are warmer than areas further away from the outlet, thus reducing the comfort level.

Once you decide to have your gas ducted heating undergo maintenance, you must be wise in choosing the service provider that will clean the components of your home heating and cooling system. Before anything else, make sure that the company or individual that you will be hiring is qualified to do the procedures. Note that the process is a double-edged sword. If the professional fails to clean any of the components of a polluted duct system, re-contamination can happen really quickly and thus defeats the aim of maintenance.

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Servicing, Repairs and Maintenance

Ideally your system should be serviced or maintained every 18-24 months. If you have an old system and you’d like us to check it for you then contact us today.

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