Heating equipment primarily uses three different fuel sources: gas, electricity and oil. You may have one or all of these available to you.
- Natural Gas Options
- Electric Options (Heat Pump)
- Dual Fuel
- Two-Stage Furnace
- Radiant Heat
- Oil Fuel Options
Natural Gas Options – Boilers · Furnaces · Rooftop Units · Garage Heaters · Unit Heaters
80+ AFUE Forced Air Gas Furnaces with multi-speed and variable-speed blowers
90+ AFUE Forced Air Gas Furnaces with multi-speed and variable-speed blowers
Multi-speed blowers typically have 4 speed settings available. The speed is set by the servicing technician to accommodate your needs. Most often the fan is set at a lower speed for heating and a higher speed for cooling.
Variable-speed blower motors are “smart” motors available in selected heaters and air handlers. The variable-speed blower works in conjunction with other controls to adjust the required blower speed to your home’s heating and cooling requirements. On mild days, the blower operates at lower speeds than on hotter and colder days. The lower blower speed results in quieter operation and better filtration of the air.
When combined with a central air conditioner, variable speed motors provide enhanced dehumidification. When combined with some humidifiers, the longer run cycle provided by variable speed increases the amount of humidity added to your home during the heating cycle.
Gas Boilers are available in both steam and hot water models. Boilers are often found in historic homes and use radiators in the home to distribute the heat. Boilers are also connected to in-floor piping systems to warm the whole home.
Electric Options (Heat Pump)
Heat Pumps are efficient systems to both heat and cool your home or office. By utilizing the refrigeration cycle, heat pumps are more efficient than electric furnaces alone. Heat pumps are able to heat a space without using any gas or oil, making them a great option for additions without existing gas piping.
Electric Heaters may be used to heat an entire home or a particular area.
Baseboard electric heaters are primarily used in our area to supplement the heat in a particular room or area.
Combining the heat pump with a gas/oil furnace gives you the ability to very efficiently heat your home. The heat pump runs primarily in mild winter weather, thereby reducing gas consumption. The gas furnace is used as a backup heat source when outdoor temperatures drop below a heat pump’s optimum heating capacity.
Furnaces are available in two-stage capability. The furnace is able to run on a low stage, using less gas to heat the home when it is mild or maintaining temperature. The gentle heat of first stage allows for better humidity control (when combined with a humidifier), less fuel consumption and whisper quiet operation. The furnace can also automatically step up to second stage to combat severe cold weather or heat the home up quickly. Two stage furnaces are available with variable speed fans, for the ultimate in comfort and control.
The most comfortable form of heat does not use forced air, rather relying on the natural transfer of heat from warm objects to cooler objects. Radiant heat utilizes hot water, steam or electricity to radiate heat to surrounding objects. Radiant heat can be installed in floors, ceilings, walls or radiators. Hot water and steam is provided by boilers and can be directed to specific zones via pumps and tubing. Today’s boilers are also extremely efficient and able to adapt heat output to outdoor temperature. Electric webbing can be installed under floors to help take chill out of hard surfaces. This is a handy option in bathroom or kitchen remodels as it can easily be retrofitted to most homes.
Oil Fuel Options
Oil Furnaces are available in upflow and horizontal applications.
Oil Boilers are also available in steam and hot water.
Oil appliances require a storage tank and oil service to re-fill and maintain tanks. Oil is used where other utility services are limited or restricted.