For most families, more than half a household’s energy is used to keep their
homes warm during the cold weather months. A variety of options to heat your
home are available for propane gas, fuel oil, and natural gas.
How efficiently a furnace converts fuel (propane, fuel oil or natural gas) into
heating energy is reflected in its annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE)
percentage. The higher the percentage, the more efficient the furnace and the
lower your energy bill will be. Today’s furnaces range in efficiency from 81 to 98%.
Your thermostat controls the operation of your furnace. As the temperature in a
room lowers, the thermostat sends an electrical signal to the furnace. When the signal
is received, the furnace sends fuel to the burners and an electronic spark ignites the fuel. The burners then heat a metal unit called a heat exchanger and transfers the heat to the surrounding air. A timer starts a fan called a blower which moves air through the system.
Furnaces provide homeowners with many options for increased comfort. In addition
to home heat, the same ductwork that connects with the furnace can for central air conditioning, whole-house humidification and air filtration.
Boilers not only heat your home, but they can also provide hot water. The advantage
of a boiler heating system is that it distributes heat throughout your home very evenly.
The efficiency of boilers is given as the annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE), a
measure of overall performance. Today’s boilers average an AFUE of 85% or higher.
There are several types of boilers available which can be fueled by propane, fuel oil or natural gas:
Hot Water (hydronic) Boiler Systems heat water from the boiler and then pump it through radiators or baseboards to heat your home. With hot water heating, dividing the system into separate heating areas, called zones, provides efficient, trouble-free and affordable heating.
Steam Boiler Systems heat water in the boiler turning it into steam, which then moves through radiators to heat your home.
Burners are the heart of your boiler or furnace heating system. They burn the fuel
(propane, fuel oil or natural gas) to create the heat source or the flame. Today’s burners are clean, efficient and have extremely low emissions.
One of the oldest forms of home heating has made major advances in technology, making
it conveniently possible for homeowners to have their floors, walls, driveways and pools heated hydronically. Radiant heat is one of the most efficient forms of heating today as there is no heat loss.
For those hard to heat areas!
Don’t keep your heat turned up in your entire home — cut your fuel costs by turning back your central thermostat and using direct-vent space heating. Today’s innovative space heating provides energy-efficient warm air to those hard-to-heat areas such
as bonus rooms, basements or areas where flues and chimneys are not available or cannot be used. You’ll experience consistent heating with no large fluctuations in room temperatures. Space heating is especially safe for children and pets as the exposed cabinet of the system remains cool to the touch.
For additional information on home heating call 508-533-6561 or 800-649-5949.