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Many older homes are equipped with old fashioned heating systems such as wood burning fireplaces, coal stoves, or radiators. Each of these heating systems is charming in its own right, but for many homeowners the lack of a central heating system is simply not practical. A central heating system will increase the value of your home should you ever attempt to sell it. Installing a central heating system in your home is a great way to ensure that every single room in your home is comfortable during the winter months. Homeowners that do not have central heating systems in their house may have to deal with varying temperatures in different rooms in the house. Therefore, you might have a toasty warm kitchen and an ice cold bedroom. It is extremely difficult to maintain a comfortable home temperature without a central heating system.
The Benefits of Central Heating
Central heating is a great way to keep your home comfortable throughout the entire year. A central heating system is a complex network that involves a furnace located in some central area and a system of ducts and vents that serve to transfer warm air to various rooms in the house. The furnace uses some type of fuel source or power source to generate heat, and a blower carries this heat to all the rooms in your house, warming them all simultaneously. Homes with central heating systems have thermostats that are used to control the furnace. You can set the thermostat to a specific temperature, and when the thermostat detects that the temperature in the house has fallen below that specified temperature, the furnace will turn on until the home is warmed up again.
The Central Heating Furnace
The furnace used in a central heating system can either be fueled by gas or powered by electricity. There are pros and cons to both types of furnaces. Many people believe that one or the other is more reliable or more cost effective. Generally, the choice is based mostly on preference for either electric heating or gas powered heating. A furnace must be kept clean and sometimes may require repairs to improve operation efficiency, though generally furnaces come with guarantees for long lasting quality.
Vents and Duct Work
A central heating system also includes ductwork that is used to transfer heat to all of the rooms in a house. This ductwork must be made out of a special material that will not allow the warm air to cool before it reaches its intended destination. Often, the duct work and vents in a central heating system are the most important part. Duct work which is cheaply installed or haphazardly put together will make the entire system inefficient. An inefficient system will cost much more to run than an efficiently designed and constructed central heating system.
Professional Installation Costs for a Central Heating System
The best way to ensure that you are getting a well designed and well installed system is to have you central heating system installed by a well-qualified professional installer. These installers will have the experience necessary to construct your ductwork in such a way that it will deliver maximum heating results at the lowest cost. However, hiring a professional will cost you more than if you tried to undertake this project on your own. Professional installation costs can climb up to several thousand dollars, but the energy saving benefits of a professional installation job will almost certainly save you money in the long run. Also, many installation services provide consumers with guarantees regarding the quality of their installation.