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Forced Air Heating: Pros and Cons

If you use or plan to use a forced air heating system to keep your home warm and comfortable throughout the coldest time of the year, then you should know that there are both pros and cons to doing so. This is true of any heating system, of course, so don’t let the cons immediately dissuade you from the use of such systems. Just keep in mind that not every heater is ideal for every homeowner, and remember to contact us with any questions that you may have regarding your heating options in Des Moines, IA.


There are a lot of compelling reasons for using a forced air heating system, such as a furnace or heat pump, in order to heat your home. First of all, heat pumps specifically are very efficient, as they transfer heat into your home rather than generating it from scratch. Furnaces, meanwhile, are quite affordable to purchase when compared to, say, radiant heating systems.

The forced air method of heat distribution also allows homeowners to heat their homes very promptly. While radiant heating is lauded for its even and long-lasting heat distribution, the fact of the matter is that forced air is the way to go when you want to heat your home fast.

If you have a central air conditioning system in place, forced air heating systems can also make use of that existing ductwork in their operation. We’ll simply integrate the system into your home and hook it up to the ductwork that is already in place. This is convenient and reduces the complexity of the installation.


One of the biggest cons of using a forced air heating system is the fact that air ducts can, and too often do, leak. You cannot see most of your ductwork, so it’s not like you can simply look it over from time to time to determine if this is the case. Fortunately, you can have your air ducts professionally sealed to eliminate the energy waste stemming from leaking ductwork.

Another potential con worth mentioning is the fact that air does not retain heat as well as fluids or solid objects. This is why some homeowners prefer radiant heating. Hot air can also rise to the ceiling and get stuck up there. However, using ceiling fans on a winter setting can help to force it back down where you need it.

If you have any questions, or need any heating services completed, be sure to contact the pros here at Schaal Heating and Cooling.


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