Are There Any Downsides to Using Forced Air Heating?

Yes, of course there are. Does thin mean that you should automatically pass over forced air heating systems when considering your heating options, though? Absolutely not. The fact is that all mechanical systems, all heaters included, have their pros and cons. There is no such thing as a “perfect heater.” If there were, you wouldn’t have so many available to choose from.

The key to your 100% satisfaction with your home heating system in Charlestown, NH is to weigh the pros and cons of each option, and to choose the system that is, if not perfect, ideal for your own personal preferences. Consider the following, and let us know if you have any questions. You may just find that, downsides and all, a forced air heater is right for you. 

Potential Issues with Forced Air Heating

Two of the most common issues with forced air heating systems stem directly from leaky ductwork. Keeping your air ducts sealed properly, and having them professionally designed and installed from the start, can help to eliminate such problems. They are still common enough to warrant discussion, though.

The first is, naturally, reduced energy efficiency. If your heater is trying to distribute heated air throughout your home, but the delivery system (the air ducts) is compromised, it is not going to be able to do so effectively. It will work harder than it should have to as it tries to heat your home evenly, and will consume more fuel and use more money in the process.

Another issue related to leaky ductwork is reduced indoor air quality. If your heater has leaks, it’s not just the heated air leaking out that you have to worry about. Pollutants can also make their way into the ductwork, and that can leave you with pollutants being spread throughout your home. The forced air coming from the vents itself may also stir up settled pollutants in the house.

Finally, remember that hot air rises. Air does not retain heat as well as fluid, either. For these two reasons, some homeowners prefer to use radiant heating systems. When it comes to promptly heating a home, though, a forced air heating system is tough to beat. Let us know if you have any questions, or are ready to schedule a heating installation.

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