Perhaps, because my eldest son, is an HVAC, or Heating, Ventilation, And Air Conditioning, technician, I believe, strongly, there is a need, to seriously, address, and consider, these essential components, of every building. Why would anyone, feel comfortable, living anywhere, if, he couldn’t do. so, in a comfortable environment/ climate, especially within the confines of his own home? This includes, better understanding, one’s options regarding heating systems, air – conditioning, and overall ventilation/ air quality, etc. With that in mind, this article will attempt to, briefly, consider, examine, review, and discuss, some of the options/ alternatives, how they compare, and hopefully, providing you, with some information, to better understand, what might best serve your personal needs.
1. Heating Options: There are many options, and types of heating systems. While some may not be appropriate, and/ or, available, we will try to briefly, review, some of them. One choice may be electric heat. This choice is often, drier, but also, extremely clear. It often is, the only choice, for certain areas, where a house, doesn’t have an oil burner, can’t use gas (natural or propane), etc. However, many times, electric heat is a costly option. Years ago, coal – heated many homes, but very few, except for in certain limited regions of this nation, use it, today. In the northeast, oil – heat is often, used, but, with oil prices, fluctuating, and rising, over the years, has become more expensive/ costly. In addition, it requires maintenance, and is, one of the least, clean, forms of energy. We have witnessed, numerous conversions, from oil to gas, because of factors, such as ease of availability (automatically delivered instead of having to be delivered), cleanliness/ cleaner, and, the perception of it, being, less costly. However, many areas, lack access to gas (but can use propane, only), so it’s not a possibility! With our additional focus and concern, on clean air, many consumers examine non – fossil fuel, alternatives, such as geo – thermal, and solar heating systems. However, the cost – effectiveness, and feasibility of these, depends on location, etc.
2. Air conditioning: Options include: central air; split – system/ ductless; and, window units. The costliest to install, and maintain, is the first one, the most quiet is the second one, and the least expensive to purchase (yet, often, uses the most electric), is the last possibility. In addition, it is often suggested, to use, quality ceiling fans, in order, to help distribute these, and, thus, reduce the total costs of operation.
3. Ventilation/ air quality: Be certain, air filters are regularly cleaned and maintained, both, for cost savings, as well as, to provide cleaner air quality.
Maintaining these systems, is, both, essential, as well as one of the costliest components of home ownership. Be prepared!