Heating systems help the residents of Adelaide battle dropping temperatures outdoors by pumping warm air through interior spaces. While most residents are familiar with the fact that they can program their heater to achieve specific constant temperatures, many of these property owners do not know how one heating system varies from another.
If you are updating your home, or you are buying a home, knowing the difference between heating systems can help you install the best system based on your needs and your budget. If you want to educate yourself on heating systems, read on and learn about the differences between ducted heating vs electric heater and how to determine which system is best for efficiency or longevity. For further information or to book a consultation with our heating experts, contact Rite Price Heating & Cooling at your convenience at 1 300 HEATING.
How Does a Ducted Heating System Distribute Heat?
A ducted heating system is a system that uses several different components to centrally heat a space. The workhorse of the system is the furnace, which is powered by a liquefied gas, and which has a fan that draws in cold air. This cold air passes over a heat exchanger, which in turn heats the air and distributes it to the ducts that channel throughout the walls and floors of the home.
The system gets its name from the fact the heated air is distributed through ducts that are connected to floor registers and ceiling vents. Once the heated air reaches these outlets that lead into the interior space, it will provide instant warmth. As the heater heats air, a return air vent will recirculate air back to the furnace to be reheated and distributed as long as the unit is on. By pumping warm air into a home through the ceiling vents and the floor registers, you can effectively keep the home warm no matter how cold it gets outside.
How Does an Electric Heating System Distribute Heat?
Electric heaters serve the same purpose as ducted systems, but they heat the air and distribute this heated air through a space in a much different way. As you may have guessed, an electric heater is powered by electricity and not natural gas. Instead of using a heater powered by gas to heat air, the electric unit will use a process referred to as electric resistance heating to warm air.
Electric resistance will convert almost 100% of the energy in the electricity to heat that will be distributed through the home. There are several different types of electric heaters that you can choose from, including column systems, convection systems, and radiant systems. None of these systems will deliver heat throughout your entire home; instead they will heat air inside of a single room where the unit is located, you will need to compare several models to choose an efficient one that is ideal for your space if you decide to go with an electric heater.
What Are the Pros and the Cons of Ducted Systems versus Electric Systems
Now that you understand how the two systems differ, it is time to learn about the pros and cons of each type of system so that you can choose the best possible upgrade for your home. A ducted gas heating system is a very efficient option that will instantly provide you with comfort all throughout your home. While these systems tend to be much more efficient, due to the work that must be done to connect ducts and vents the installation costs of a ducted system are higher.
An electric system comes in several different types, and each of these have a lower purchase price than a ducted gas heater does. If you only need to hear one or two rooms, electric heaters are more energy efficient as they are ideal for small enclosed spaces rather than larger homes. Another benefit is that they virtually silent, so you can enjoy warm air without any disturbance.
Choosing the right heating system for your home can be a bit confusing, but fret not as the Rite Price Heating & Cooling team is happy to assist with your needs. Give us a call and share some of the details about your home and your heating needs with us and we’ll offer some advice on which systems can handle the job.
What Are the Different Types of Ducted Heating Systems?
When it comes to updating the home, it is crucial to make sure that the right systems are installed. This is especially true when it comes to heating units. While there aren’t significantly different types of ducted heating systems, there are many things to consider in your purchase. Ducted heating systems are known to save money on energy costs, they are easy to install, and they provide heat throughout the entire home. One of the main issues when installing ducted heating is that most homeowners are unaware of the different types of ducted heating. Below is a simple guide regarding ducted heating that can help make the right choice for the home, and for more information please don’t hesitate to give the Rite Price Heating & Cooling team a call at 1 300 HEATING.
Gas Ducted Heating Unit
A ducted heating unit powered by gas is the most common type of ducted heating unit that is installed in the home. Because energy costs are rising, most homeowners find that using gas reduces their monthly energy payments and that it also burns cleaner. Gas ducted heating works by warming cold air with gas combustion. Once the air is warmed, it is moved through the vents into the ducts until it is fully transported throughout the home. In addition, gas ducted heating systems are known to be more efficient than their alternative, which is a reverse air cycle heating unit.
Reverse Air Cycle Heating Unit
Also commonly known as a heat pump, reverse air cycle units works by carrying thermal energy from the air outdoors and transferring it through the unit’s coils. The heated air is then absorbed by the refrigerant. The cold air is then transported outside while the heated air is moved through the ducts and into the entire home. These systems are known to be extremely resilient at all temperatures. They are also regarded as extremely energy efficient because they use thermal energy to heat the home.
Another element of ducted heating is the type of duct involved. Ducts come in a number of materials and shapes which can influence the transport of energy throughout the home. Below are just a few of the duct types available for ducted heating units.
Sheet Metal Air Duct
This type of air duct is made out of galvanized steel or aluminium. This type of duct is known to be very durable and they are also unlikely to have mould or mildew growth because of the material.
Fibreboard Air Duct
These ducts are made out of compressed resin and inorganic glass fibres. The advantage of these ducts is that they are extremely insulated, thus reducing the chance of heat loss. In addition, they cause the HVAC system to be less noisy.
Flexible Air Duct
Lastly, flexible air ducts are made of spring steel wire helix and 2-ply polymer plastic. They are very cost-effective and simple to install. On the down side, they are not as energy efficient as the other options.
Overall, choosing the right air duct for the home’s heating system is crucial. It can make a difference regarding energy costs, efficiency, and the amount of heat reaching the home. At Rite Price Heating & Cooling, we specialise in ducted heating and cooling solutions. Contact us today at 1 300 HEATING and we’ll be happy to advise you on system that will be perfect for your home.