Should You Use Forced Air Heating And Cooling For Your Home?

20 January 2023
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If you have the ability to decide on what method you'll use to heat and cool your home, you likely are debating between a few options. Forced air heating and cooling is incredibly common to use in homes for a few good reasons. Here are the advantages and disadvantages of a forced air HVAC system

The Advantages Of Forced Air

The biggest benefit of using a forced air system is that you can use the same ductwork for your heating and cooling needs. This cannot be said of using a radiant heat system, since you will still need to install an alternative method for cooling, which can get quite expensive during the installation. 

Forced air also allows you to heat and cool multiple rooms in your home at the same time. While you can close vents going to some rooms, the system is going to make the entire home feel comfortable. This can be great for small homes operating off of a single furnace and air conditioner.

If you want to run a humidifier or dehumidifier in your home, both of these can work in conjunction with a forced air system. Air will flow through the appropriate devices in the summer or winter to do the job of making your home feel more comfortable.

The Disadvantages Of Forced Air

Some people do not like forced air because it does not create even comfort in a home. You may find that some rooms of the house are hotter and colder than others, or even some parts of the same room feel different. For example, airflow may struggle to get underneath a desk where your feet are located most of the day while working from home.  Forced air systems also require that the air moves to heat and cool your home. This can cause issues with dust and allergens making their way into the air, which makes the air quality of your home not as great as it could be. Radiant heat systems do not use air to force the heat upward through the floor, which performs much better for people with allergies. 

Be aware that a forced air system can also be loud as it is running. You'll hear the air flowing through the vents in all rooms of your home, and you can hear the air handler running if you are near it. Some people prefer other systems that heat and cool the home in a quiet way.

To find out more about air conditioners, speak to a contractor.