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Some Pros and Cons of Forced Air Heating

Forced air heating systems are very common, with the furnace ranking as probably the most popular of all home heating systems (though the heat pump is also very popular in our geographic region). While there are a lot of benefits that you’ll enjoy when using a furnace or a heat pump in Everett, WA, there are also a few cons to using forced air heating systems.

Don’t let this dissuade you immediately, though, as every heater has its own unique pros and cons. Read on, and let us know if you are ready to schedule heating services of any kind.

The Pros

Of all the benefits that using a forced air heating system allows for, perhaps the biggest is just how quickly you’ll be able to heat your home. There are those who prefer the even heating of radiant systems, but blowing hot air directly into your home is tough to be when it comes to warming up fast. There is also the matter of affordability to consider. A furnace is going to cost less than a radiant system, and can be easily installed if you already have ductwork for a central AC in place. Heat pumps may cost more upfront, but offer the further benefit of both heating and cooling with just one system.

The Cons

A major drawback for forced air heating systems is the fact that ductwork can develop leaks, and that these leaks often go undetected for some time. Why is this an issue? Well, your system will wind up working harder in order to heat your home, driving up heating costs even as you live in lesser comfort.

Additionally, pollutants can make their way into this leaky ductwork, and once they have they can be distributed throughout the house via that ductwork. This can negatively effect your indoor air quality. So too can the dust and dirt that may be stirred up by the air blowing out of the vents, even if the air itself is clean.

Forced air heating systems suit many homeowners perfectly. Contact G & S Heating Cooling & Electric if you have any questions about your home heating options. 

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