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Understanding Heating Equipment in 7 Easy Steps

Heating Equipment

Would you like to learn more about how to choose the right heating equipment?

When you are in the market for new heating equipment, trying to understand all of the different options can be confusing. What is the difference between heating with air or water? What does a "ton" mean in relation to heating equipment? How big of a furnace do I need for my home or business? Keep reading to gain a better understanding of heating equipment, in seven easy steps:

  1. A central heating system includes a boiler, furnace, or heat pump to heat water, steam, or air in a central location of the building.

  2. A boiler heats water and circulates it throughout the structure via pipes that feed into radiators or coils around the home.

  3. A furnace uses gas or electricity to heat air to circulate around the building via air ducts.

  4. A heat pump gathers warm air from outside or underground and pumps it into the home.

  5. Heating equipment that burn fossil fuels, like oil furnaces or boilers, have specific ventilation requirements that will help avoid dangerous carbon monoxide build-up inside the structure.

  6. A "ton" refers to the furnace's ability to heat its space. One ton means that the furnace provides 12,000 BTUs of heating power.

  7. For North Carolina's moderate climate, we estimate roughly 25 BTUs are needed per square foot of the structure. (Higher estimates are used for homes in colder climates.) Simple math shows that an average 2,000 square foot North Carolina home requires around 50,000 BTUs. Divide that by 12,000 BTUs per ton, and you find that a four-ton furnace should handle the average home's heating needs quite nicely.

The broad range of heating equipment on the market means that no matter your needs, there is a perfect heating system out there for you. It's likely you want to know more about all the best options for your specific situation. Brummitt Heating and Cooling looks forward to answering your questions. Call us at 919-693-5536 with your heating equipment questions, and one of our experts will be glad to help.

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