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Furnaces typically come in three fuel configuration types, natural gas, oil, or propane. They are also available in a variety of configurations such as single stage, 2 stage, and fully modulating as well as varying efficiency levels. Typical gas furnaces range anywhere from 80% efficient all of the way to 98% efficiency. Gas furnaces are the most common heating systems found in the Northeastern U.S. and the standard for the vast majority of new home construction.
The functioning of your boiler is based on a rather simple principle – boilers heat water inside the system and then radiate the heat from the hot water throughout a home or building using radiators or in some applications radiant heating tubes in the flooring. Boilers were the primary means of heating most older homes and were typically oil or natural gas fired. The efficiency of boilers very much like furnaces with condensing high efficiency boilers achieving up to 95% efficiency.
Heat pump systems are a great alternative to fuels such as oil and propane due to fuel cost. Additionally, heat pump systems have increased in efficiency, capability, and are available in a wide array of sizes and configurations. For homeowners with oil or propane, a heat pump is a great option to consider as it can be used for both heating and air conditioning often times with a direct energy savings when compared to oil and propane.
Whether it’s traditional tank systems or newer tank-less models, R&D HVAC offers the top models in hot water heating systems, as well as budget solutions for any client need.
Geothermal heat pumps are ideal for those seeking to reduce their environmental impact by reducing their carbon footprint as well as improve their homes efficiency. Using the constant temperature of the earth, these systems will keep your home comfortable without utilizing fossil fuels which makes geothermal an ideal option for green building.
Ductless systems, also known as mini-splits, are a great alternative for retrofits or problem rooms that never seem to be able to maintain a comfortable temperature. These systems offer virtually unlimited configurations to suit a wide array of needs and in many cases offer greater efficiency than traditional systems.