The Importance of Your Heating System
Your heating system is no different than your expensive car. Your gas furnace, your oil furnace, your heat pump, and commercial heating units all require regular maintenance to get the most performance and longest life from your system.
Our Minneapolis heating technicians attend seminars on a regular basis to maintain their certification and to keep abreast of technological advances in the industry. It is our philosophy that an educated technician using the latest diagnostic tools can quickly isolate and repair any problem that you might have with your furnace, heat pump, heater or commercial heating equipment.
Types of heating Systems:
Gas furnaces are always more affordable to use than the electric furnace where gas is readily available. On the downside, burning fuel generates fumes. In well-maintained gas furnaces, the fumes generated are enclosed in the exchanger and then exit the house through an exhaust vent.
Remember, a gas furnace must be checked by a qualified heating contractor at least once a year. Practical Systems can check the furnace for holes, leaks or cracks. A break or crack in the furnace lets carbon monoxide seep into your house or place of business.
Hydronic floor heating is the oldest and most popular type of radiant floor heating. These systems are comprised of a boiler or hot water heater, pumps, manifolds, pex tubing, thermostat, and either gypcrete (a concrete-like material) or wood panels. Hydronic heating is the most complex of all radiant heat systems. These systems require trained Radiant Heating Contractors to design and perform the installation. Your best economies of scale are achieved for hydronic systems in large areas or entire homes because of their expensive components and operational costs.
Hydronic systems can be installed under any type of flooring. Most hydronic systems require hot water tubing to be installed in a 2 to 4 inch bed of light concrete and are best installed during the initial construction because of its weight load demands and adjustments to floor height. Recent low-mass products have been developed to avoid these challenges by fitting the tubing into pre-cut wood panels making hydronic systems more convenient and possible for most major remodeling projects.
If you want to heat smaller areas like a bathroom or kitchen, a hydronic floor heating system may not be the best value for your project. The complexity and cost of installing the system, along with the long-term maintenance and up-keep required, is not worth the small amount you will save in operational costs.
With warm air, your skin is tricked into thinking that the living environment is comfortable, until your skin has to give up its heat to another object! If you want unsurpassed warmth and comfort, then, without question, your choice should be radiant heat. It is the most comfortable, healthiest and most natural heating process available. In fact, it has been around since the time of the ancient Romans. They directed hot gasses through channels beneath marble floors to warm them.