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In a combined HVAC system, Central Heating is the most common and effective. Central and local heating differ in that local heating actually creates warmth at the location of desired heat while central heating heats a central location and moves the heat around to different rooms in a building. A space heater, fireplace, and some forms of radiators are considered forms of local heating.

The source of heat utilized in Central Heating can be a furnace, boiler, or heat pump. The heating element can be water, steam or air, and the actual transference of heat can be through ducts or radiator pipes. The term “radiator” should not be taken literally; heating in a home is done via convection (warming of the air particles) rather than radiation (heat waves being transmitted).

Radiators, which can be mounted on your walls or embedded in your floors are less common lately. The heating system most prevalent today is forced air. Rather than sending hot water through pipes and allowing heat to emanate off of them, forced air actually blows warm air into a room. The basic idea behind it is similar to any other kind of central heating: the heating element (air, rather than water) is warmed at a boiler, furnace or heat pump and sent through a series of air ducts (rather than pipes) to a vent (instead of a radiator).

No matter what type of heating you employ, you should always make sure that you put your heat fixtures in the coldest part of the room. This is almost always near windows. The importance of heat placement is often overlooked. Some heaters and heat systems are marketed as being efficient since they aim heat away from windows to don’t waste heat warming those areas. However, what is actually more important to raising the perceived temperature of a room is the absence of drafts and uniformity of warmth.

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When you Request a Central Air Conditioning Quote one of our recommended Air Conditioning specialists will give you an estimate on your Home Improvement project and will help review your options to make the best possible choice regarding your particular needs and budget.

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