When retrofitting a home with energy efficient equipment, you often have to assess your current situation and work with what you have. Many homes, old and new, are built using ductwork and a central heat source. The heat is produced in a central spot, usually by an oil furnace, and forced through the ducts and distributed throughout the home. Using fossil fuel combustion to heat the air and move it is considered an oil forced hot air system.
In situations like forced hot air, most people enjoy the fact that it leaves a minimal footprint throughout their house. If you have existing ductwork; luckily, there are options to both supplement and completely replace your oil furnace.
A York ducted add on or replacement can assist in managing oil consumption and keep you comfortable throughout the year. Offering even heating and cooling, you can have your entire home comfortable all year round.
What’s a York Add-On System and What Can It Do For Me?
York Add-On systems use your current furnace and its infrastructure to distribute the heating or cooling from the heat pump throughout the home. A thermostat and electronic add ons regulate the air handler which blows your heat through your duct work and the furnaces combustion. The heating and cooling the heat pump provides is distributed through a unit that sits within your furnace, this is called an A-Coil. All heat pumps have temperature limitations (outdoor temperature at which they can no longer produce heat) and when your unit has reached it’s limit, the controls instruct your furnace to start burning fossil fuels to maintain the temperature in your home. The amount of oil needed to supplement your ducted heat pump system is dependant on the varying limitations of the unit installed.
Why would I choose an Add-On System?
Insurance companies require all homes to have a ‘hands-off’ primary heating source that does not have temperature limitations. Oil and electric are the obvious choices. Typically, a home with oil as a primary heating source has limited electrical capacity and keeping the oil as the supplementary (primary for insurance purposes) heat source is financially the best solution without major reworking of the heating and electrical solution in your home.
What’s a Full York Ducted System and What Can It Do For Me?
Full ducted systems are similar to their add-on counterparts but vary in two major areas. Instead of using a furnaces existing infrastructure, an air handler is used to move the air through your ductwork. The system is controlled centrally and distributes the heating and cooling throughout the home. The second is the backup heating source. With a full ducted system, an electric coil is installed to assist in heating when temperatures are pushing the limits of the heat pump. With a full ducted system you can free yourself from oil.
Why Would I Choose a Full Ducted System?
For new builds and households wishing to free themselves from oil, a full ducted system is a great way to heat your home comfortably and make use of your existing ductwork. Accompanying the comfort gains in your home, most homeowners will realize some significant cost reduction on the heating and cooling of their homes. A full ducted system will also still satisfy your insurance company and maintain the current spatial footprint of your heating system and in some instances reduce the total footprint as most air handlers are smaller than the average furnace.
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Fortunately, you are well on your way to understanding what a system can offer. However, consulting with a professional on sizing, available electrical capacity and current duct sizing is absolutely vital to ensure your comfort, cost savings and the lifetime of your investment.
If you’d like to learn more about central ducted heat pumps and what unit would be best for your living space why not give us a call and book a risk FREE in-home assessment with one of our Home Energy Specialists. It only takes 30 minutes to determine if your home can benefit from a ducted heat pump, and we’ll provide you with an estimate of how much it will cost.
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