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What is a Forced Air Heating System?

Installing a Forced Air Heating System

A forced air heating system utilizes a duct system to distribute hot air throughout a home. Cool air is pulled into the duct vent in each room and exchanged for warmer air that has been heated by a central furnace. A blower pushes the hot air from the furnace through the duct system. The furnace is typically the main component of the forced air system. The furnace can be fueled by electricity, natural gas, or oil. A thermostat is typically used to regulate the temperature of the home.

In the United States, forced air is the most common type of heating system as opposed to boilers and radiators that are much more popular in Europe. Forced air systems circulate the air in your home approximately three to five times every hour. A hydronic heating system, with a boiler at the center, circulates water through pipes to provide radiant heat through radiators and baseboard.

Forced Air vs. Hydronic Heating

A forced air system can both heat and cool the home. Unlike a hydronic system, there is no need to install expensive water pipes and there is no possibility of major water leaks. In terms of maintenance, furnace filters need to be replaced periodically. However, allergens and dust mites can easily pass through the forced air system’s ductwork. A hypoallergenic filter can eliminate some of these issues.

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