What Is Forced Air Heating?

There are several different heating system types, and it can be difficult to sort them all out and fully understand the difference between them all. If you’re not sure what forced air heating is, don’t worry! We’ll detail the different features and benefits of forced air heating here.

Forced air is probably the most common type of central heating in North America—at some point or another, you’ve likely been in a house that uses a forced air system.

The Specifics of Forced Air Heating

Simply put, a forced air system distributes heat through your house using air to carry that heat. The air then travels through a system of ducts and is expelled through vents in the different rooms of your house. Usually these vents have grilles or registers that can be adjusted, which changes the airflow into that particular room or area.

Forced air refers to the method in which the heat is distributed through a home. A forced air system can have several different heat sources.

A gas furnace, oil furnace, electric furnace, heat pump, and hydronic coil can all work with a forced air system. In systems using gas, propane, or oil heat is produced via the combustion of fuel. In electric systems an electrical heating element warms the air. A heat pump extracts heat from outdoors (or cool air, since heat pumps are both heating and cooling systems).

The warm air that those systems generate or acquire is then distributed through ductwork by a a fan, blower, or air handler in a forced air system. The temperature of the house is set with a thermostat.

You’ve probably heard the term “central air” used. Central air can be thought of as a broader category in which forced air is classified.

Benefits of a Forced Air System

There’s good reason why forced air heating systems are the most common heating systems in North America; there are several benefits to using forced air.

  • Forced air systems can be incorporated with central air conditioning systems, because the ductwork can be used for both heating and cooling systems.
  • Forced air systems are notable for their air quality and comfort.
  • Current systems are held to a high standard in regard to energy efficiency.

If you’re looking for comfort all winter long, a forced air system can be a great choice. If a house already has ductwork or if the home is being built, it would be common to choose a forced air heating system.

Forced Air Heating Services in Baltimore, MD

If you have a forced air system that’s in need of maintenance or repair in the Baltimore area, or if you’re looking to install a new forced air heating system, contact All Seasons Heating & Cooling today! We have over 50 years of combined experience serving our neighbors in Maryland. We perform a wide range of heating services on forced air systems (installation, replacement, repair, and maintenance), including gas, oil, and electric furnaces.

Don’t hesitate to reach out today to schedule an appointment or ask any questions you may have.

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