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HeatingAnnimationThe Essentials of Heating

Selecting the Right Type: The most important factors when choosing which type heating systems are size, efficiency, expectation, space, and your budget. Swanton will work with you in choosing the right type of heating system and accessories that will live up to all your expectations without breaking the bank. Below is a brief description of the different types of heating systems that we offer.

Forced Hot Air

A Forced hot air system circulates cool air from your house into a Furnace to heat the air. After the furnace heats the air, the warm air is distributed throughout your house via a Duct System .

Advantages: Fairly even heat with little to no drafts. This type of system allows for hot water without a separate burner for the hot water tank.
Disadvantages: Does not allow for air conditioning, air humidification or air filtration without adding duct work and an air handler.

Forced Hot Water

A Forced hot water system heats water in a Boiler and then pumps the hot water through piping throughout the house with use of circulator pumps or zone valves. Heat is dispersed throughout the house by the use of Baseboards or Radiators .

Advantages: Fairly even heat with little to no drafts. This type of system allows for hot water without a separate burner for the hot water tank.
Disadvantages: Does not allow for air conditioning, air humidification or air filtration without adding duct work and an air handler.

Radiant Heat

A Radiant Heating system uses a Boiler to heat water and then pumps the hot water through Tubing underneath the floors. This heats the air closer to the floor and living space. In addition, this type of system heats your body and objects in the room directly.

Advantages: Most even and cost efficient heating available without any noise or dust. This also allows for hot water directly from the boiler. Disadvantages: Does not allow for air conditioning, air humidification, or air filtration without adding duct work and an air handler.

Hydro-Air Heating Systems

Hydro Air systems use a boiler to heat water. Water is piped to a coil inside an air handler. Air is blown across the coil and heated. The warm air is ducted throughout the house.

Advantages: Flexibility of installation. Example – Boiler in basement and warm air air handler in attic. Air Conditioning and Domestic Hot Water can be easily added.
Disadvantages: Cost – Upfront installation fee can be considerably higher.

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