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A Guide to Home Heating and Cooling

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It may be hard to believe given the recent weather conditions, but spring is here!  Now is a good time to start work on all of those DIY projects that you need to get done for the summer.  If you’re thinking of installing air conditioning this year, why not take a look at your heating at the same time?  Here is a quick run-down of some of the most popular types of heating and cooling systems:

Traditional Central Heating

Traditional central heating systems are the cheapest and easiest systems to install.  Older systems were quite inefficient, offering limited control over the temperature of each room, and featuring inefficient radiators.

Modern systems have better thermostats, more efficient boilers, thermostatic radiator valves, and other improvements.  If your existing system is costing you a fortune to run, maybe it’s time to upgrade?  Since most homes already have some form of central heating built-in, it’s usually not too expensive to update the system.

Geothermal Heating and Cooling

Geothermal heating and cooling is becoming increasingly popular in green communities (watch this video introduction). Unfortunately, it’s prohibitively expensive and complicated to add this to an existing property, because it requires digging under the property.  If you’re planning a major extension, however, or working on a self-build property, then you should consider installing one of these systems.

Geothermal systems use a heat pump to extract or deposit heat, depending on the temperature you are trying to achieve.  While these systems are expensive to build, their running costs can be as much as 70% lower than traditional heating and cooling systems.

Ductless Air Cooling Systems

Ductless air cooling systems are min air-conditioners which are designed to cool small areas.  They rely on an outdoor compressor and a refrigerant line which cools air to feed it into the room served by the unit.  These systems are relatively inexpensive and easy to install.  The running costs are negligible given the size of the area that they usually serve, but traditional air conditioning systems are more effective if you need to control the temperature of several rooms in your home.

Usually, these systems offer cooling only, however some models come with a separate system with a heating element for convection heating.  Running an electric convection heater is expensive (although these heaters do provide instant warmth), so this is not advisable for use as a primary heating system.

Radiant Heating Systems

Radiant heating systems are similar to standard central heating systems, however instead of relying on radiators, heat is delivered through pipes placed under the floor.  Under-floor heating is incredibly comfortable, and effective.  The change in temperature is felt more quickly than with traditional radiators, especially in rooms where people tend to walk around barefoot – such as the bathroom.

The downside of radiant heating systems is that it is quite disruptive to install them.  You would need to pull up the floorboards in each room that you want to install the system in. In addition, radiant heating systems offer heating only – you would need to install a separate cooling system.  However, once installed, radiant heating systems can be quite energy efficient.

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