In this article, we’ll talk about the pros and cons of forced air heating. First, let’s start what is forced air heating and how it works. Then we’ll talk about the primary pros and cons of forced air heating. Let’s get started!
What Is Forced Air Heating?
In short, forced air heating is a type of mechanical home heat system that moves warmth or cooling from the outdoors inside your home. It accomplishes this by “forcing” either heated or cooled air into your house through ducts, most of which are found in floors and ceilings.
How Does Forced Air Heating Work?
There are two primary types of forced air heating systems: electric and gas. Let’s define each of them.
Electric systems use a furnace to heat the air, or an air conditioner to cool the air, and then move it into your ductwork for distribution throughout your home. The furnace is typically a box-like device that you find in your basement, garage, or attic. You can also sometimes find an air conditioner in one of those places as well. It is important to note that these devices are not usually found inside your living spaces; they will be hidden somewhere outside of the living space for good reason (which we’ll discuss in a moment).
Before the air is forced through your ducts, it is either heated or cooled by a furnace or air conditioner. The furnace (or air conditioner), then blows the hot or cold air directly through the ductwork. There are typically two kinds of ducts used in a forced air heating system: flexible and rigid.
Flexible Ducts Flexible ducts come in rolls (like you see at construction sites), and are usually made of fiberglass. While flexible, they are more durable and do not kink as easily as one might expect, especially when made of fiberglass. They can be found attached to both electric furnaces and air conditioning units. The flexible ducts are typically used to distribute hot air throughout the house, while flexible ducts with casings are used to distribute cool air throughout your home.
Rigid Ducts Rigid ducts come in various sizes and styles, but are usually made of steel or aluminum and have a rectangular shape. The most popular form of rigid duct is the straight tube, which is what we are discussing in this article. This kind of rigid duct moves warm or cool air to your rooms in your home simply by connecting it to the furnace or air conditioner unit that moves the hot or cold air through it.
Gas forced air systems use a gas furnace to heat your home’s air. The gas furnace is connected to a metal or plastic duct that is connected to your walls, floors, and ceiling. Gas furnaces are typically much larger than electric furnaces and are usually placed outside of the living space. This is because they release heat which has been used to warm the air into the atmosphere (which is why it must be vented outside). If you have an older style home, this might be something to consider when replacing your system with a newer model that uses less energy and produces less waste in its production of hot air.
The Pros and Cons of Forced Air Heating
- Quiet operation: One of the primary benefits of a forced air heating system is that it is relatively quiet. This will be even more true if you have a newer model of forced air system since they are much quieter than older models. Another benefit is that you don’t have to worry about who else in your household might be trying to sleep or work while your forced air system is keeping you warm and cozy.
- Better heat distribution: When compared with a radiant system, which depends on the person’s proximity to the heating unit, there’s no comparison in terms of coverage and quantity of floor space reached. And radiant heating systems can sometimes be uncomfortable, especially if you’re using a system that’s forced air in conjunction with radiant heating.
- Safer: Though forced air systems are less energy efficient than a radiant system, they’re much safer to use. You don’t have to worry about hot spots or burns from hot water or steam since there’s nothing coming out of the heating unit itself other than warm air. There is also no risk of tripping over the tubing that comes with a hot water and steam system
- Less energy efficient: Forced air systems are much less energy efficient than other types of heating systems and can potentially cost you more money in terms of your electricity bills over time. The expected annual energy consumption of a 3D printing device can vary from a few hundred kilowatt-hours to several thousand kilowatt-hours per year, depending on the machine’s maximum speed, build volume and material type. This value is often called the “power consumption index” (or “energy rating”) and can be found either on the manufacturer’s website or in other product information.
- For comparison: The average German household consumes about 10,000 kWh per year.
2D printing devices need a lot of energy to assemble and disassemble. This is because they are often comprised of many moving parts, as well as assembly and disassembly procedures.
In addition, the average household consumes about 10,000 kWh per year. The average German household consumes about 10,000 kWh per year.
Printing enthusiasts who want to reduce energy consumption may also want to consider environmentally friendly gases like propane or butane for their heating system. A gas furnace or gas forced air heating system can be more expensive than an electric forced air furnace or forced air heating system, but it can offer significant savings on your utility bills over time if you use it regularly enough (and keep the filters clean).