A functioning, high-quality residential heating system is a necessity for comfort during Illinois winters. When you get home after a long day in the cold, you want your home to feel warm and cozy. HVAC companies know that a heating system breaking down or providing insufficient heat can be more than inconvenient. Whether you need to replace an old system that keeps breaking down or upgrade to one that better suits your home’s size and needs, count on Hoveln Heating & Cooling, Inc. for heating system installations in the Central Illinois region.
Furnaces are the main component of most conventional heating systems. They use a source of fuel to generate their own heat and circulate it throughout the room. The most common type of fuel used by furnaces in the United States is natural gas, but there are also oil, coal, wood and electric furnaces. Often, homeowners select a furnace that uses the type of fuel of higher availability and lower cost in their area, but the climate of the region is also influential. For instance, gas furnaces are generally more effective in areas with severely cold temperatures than heat pumps and electric furnaces, which are used more in places with mild winters. Our NATE-certified technicians will assess your home’s square footage, regular occupancy and insulation before making recommendations and performing furnace installation.
Boilers use hot water to provide warmth and are common in older homes in Central Illinois. Boilers can distribute the heat through small water pipes, steam or baseboard radiators or radiant flooring systems. Our technicians can repair and maintenance your old boiler or install a replacement boiler.
Radiant Flooring Installations
Radiant flooring is a quiet, energy-efficient heat source that can be installed throughout the entire home or select areas to warm your feet and maintain a room’s temperature from top to bottom. This system is ideal for those who are looking to minimize the circulation of allergens that often occurs with use of forced-air systems. At Hoveln Heating & Cooling, Inc., we offer three types of radiant flooring installation: hydronic, electric, and air-heated.
Hydronic systems are the most popular and cost-effective radiant heating systems in areas with cold climates. They pump heated water from a boiler through tubing under the floor. In some cases, thermostats and zoning valves can be used to regulate temperatures in specific rooms.
Air-heated radiant flooring uses traditional furnaces to pump heated air through the floor at night and can be combined with solar heating systems to provide warmth and save energy during the day.
These systems require installing electric wires under the floor. They can also include mats of electrically conductive plastic mounted on the subfloor below floor coverings, such as tile. Electric radiant floors are convenient for home additions and other situations in which the area that requires the heating system expansion is small. If the floor is made from a thick material, such as concrete, and/or your electric utility company offers time-of-use rates, you could save money by “charging” the floor overnight and turning off the system when the sun comes back up. If the thermal mass is large enough, the floor could stay warm for about eight hours without needing more electrical input.
Choosing the Right System for Your Home
Before scheduling an HVAC installation, make sure to consider the size of your home, expected usage of the HVAC system and regular occupancy of the rooms. If the system is too small for the home, it may be unable to provide enough heat which could strain the system and spike your utility bill. On the contrary, if the system is too large or powerful for the home, it may cycle on and off frequently, which could also shorten its lifespan. Here are some terms you will probably hear while shopping for HVAC systems.
The Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) is a thermal efficiency measure of combustion equipments like furnaces, boilers and other heaters. The number represents how much of the energy inputted is turned into heat, and the difference is what is wasted as exhaust. Thus, the higher the number, the more efficient the unit.
The Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio (SEER) is a standard unit of measurement of an air conditioning unit’s efficiency. It is the cooling output during a typical cooling season divided by the total electric energy inputted. The higher the number, the more efficient the unit.
The Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF) measures the efficiency of heat pumps, which, instead of making their own heat, transfer heat in the air from the outside to the inside of a building, or vice versa.