Choosing Efficient Central Heating Systems

The decision to install central heating systems is a major one as heating is one of the major home operating expenses. Care must be taken to ensure that you choose the right system for your home and also the right person to install it.

Central heating systems are by far, one of the most efficient methods for heating your home, as heat is efficiently distributed to the entire house, rather than to having to individually heat separate areas. Thermostats installed in individual areas will allow you to control the temperatures in specific regions. Although your entire home being heated with central heating systems, you can exercise control energy costs by controlling the amount of heating to individual areas.

There may be different types of central heating systems, but the basic components are a boiler, a radiator to temporarily maintain the heat, and the circulation systems that distributes the heat. There are two different designs for these systems that are usually powered by either natural gas or heating oil.

Earlier systems would normally contain a tank that contain the water to be heated, and a feeder system to the radiators. The tank would normally be placed at higher elevations, where gravity would help in the distribution. This system was ineffective as the heat would be wasted, as it rises even though the hot water flows downward.

The updated closed system needs no tanks or piping. Heated water is held in the system under pressure as it circulates through the radiators. There are several advantages with the closed heating system.
• Installation is much simpler, and no tank space is needed.
• There are no associated water problems of freezing or overflow or internal water damages.
• The systems can be easier to fill when necessary, as the air is discharged under pressure.
• They can save a considerable amount of space as no tank is needed.
• They are low maintenance, and can usually be flushed with water from the main supply.

The heating system would contain all the necessary controls and accessories required for efficient operation, and should be installed by an expert. When properly installed, controls will allow you to regulate the pressure and water flows. Experts may also be able to provide some useful tips to keep your system operating at close to the optimal. Larger homes may often need multiple heating systems, and the experts, can also tell you which brands are more efficient.

One of the great advantages of the system is the ability to add programmable thermostats. This feature allows you to save substantial amounts each year on energy costs. The simple installation allows you set your temperatures in specific areas, at specific times during the day. It can be set to be off while you are away, and to be on at a fixed temperature an hour before you arrive.

Central Heating can be more cost-effective than other forms of heating as they are lower maintenance and operate at much lower costs. They can also be operated automatically and are much simpler to install.