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Hydronic vs. Forced Air Furnaces… What’s the Difference?

August 25, 2022

When it comes to maintaining your home, heating and cooling systems aren’t one-size-fits-all.

Different types of furnaces offer different benefits based on their functionality and compatibility with your home. It’s crucial to have and maintain the right system in order to run efficiently and keep your family warm. You may even be spending more time at home in 2022 and beyond, so now’s the perfect time to learn more and take the step toward investing in your home and making it work for you, rather than against you.

What is a forced-air heating system?

Forced air heating does exactly what it says — when air is distributed throughout your home, it is forced through ducts and vents that are connected to a heating and/or cooling unit. These systems use natural gas for energy as opposed to electricity or water. The benefits of installing a forced air furnace are:

  • Is energy-efficient and cost-effective
  • Pumps warm air through a home quickly
  • Offers easy installation and maintenance processes
  • Works in tandem with your home’s cooling system

What is a hydronic heating system?

Safe, efficient, and reliable hydronic heating systems circulate hot water throughout your home using a combination of radiators, warming baseboards, and radiant tubing installed in your floors and ceilings. Here are the benefits when heating your home and water with a hydronic furnace:

  • Evenly distributes heat across a room to prevent drafts
  • Offers both customizable heating levels and zones
  • Minimizes movement of particles and allergens
  • Operates noise-free

How do I know which type of furnace my home needs?

With any installation, Godwin’s experts start with an in-home appointment to perform a heat loss/gain load calculation. This will tell us what we need to know about how your home’s layout affects airflow as well where heat is both lost and gained. We take into account internal and external factors that are specific to you, which will tell us whether a forced-air or hydronic furnace is the best fit for your home, as well as what size is needed.

Let’s keep talking about furnaces! To schedule your heating system consultation with Godwin, contact us or call 616-243-3131 today.

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