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Written on: September 25, 2023

How Much Money Can You Save on Home Heating?

How Furnaces, Boilers and Heat Pumps Work

home heating options Bucks county, pa It won’t be long before we’re sheltering inside our homes to stay warm during the cold winter months. If you’re worried about your heating system getting you through all those cold days and nights ahead of us, now would be a perfect time to beat the rush and get installation work done now.

Walton’s has heating system options for every home and budget – including high-efficiency boilers, furnaces and heat pumps that can save you 20% or more on your heating expenses.

Your installation will be done quickly and cleanly by our expert technicians, with minimal disruption to your home and family. Most importantly, it will be done right the first time– and always at a fair price.

With that said, let’s take a closer look at the heating equipment we install for our customers: furnaces, boilers and heat pumps.

How Does a Furnace Work?

Furnaces can be powered by either fuel oil, propane gas, natural gas or electricity. Also known as warm-air or forced-air systems, furnaces produce heated air in the combustion chamber.

Besides heat, the ductwork that connects with your furnace can provide other kinds of conditioned air, including through:

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How Does a Boiler Work?

Boilers use hot water or steam to heat your home. Another name for a boiler is a hydronic heating system, which is defined as a system that transfers heat via a circulating fluid, such as water, in a closed system of pipes.

Steam boilers can still be found in older homes, usually ones built before the 1950s. If you have this type of system, your boiler stays true to its name because it actually has to boil water to make steam before your heat can be distributed.

In comparison, newer boilers do not need to boil the water to make steam. Instead, they use hot water, which is pushed from the boiler into the piping. Heat is then distributed through your home by either radiators or baseboards.

Because a boiler is a closed-loop system, water does not need to be constantly brought in or replaced, making it more efficient.

Read about a new boiler installation.

How Does a Heat Pump Work?

A heat pump runs on electricity and can either heat or cool a space.

The Role of Heat Pumps in Home Comfort

Studies, and our own installation experiences, have shown that many people who install heat pumps do not remove their existing heating system, whether it is powered by heating oil, propane gas or natural gas.

Homeowners want to keep their boilers or furnaces as a back-up heat source to compensate for the inadequacy of many air-source heat pumps to keep homes warm enough on cold days. Why spend more money on labor to remove a perfectly functioning oil- or gas heating system when it can serve as your “safety valve” against extreme cold? People really appreciate having a backup heating system when we get hit with Arctic air blasts during the winter!

The most cost-optimal outdoor temperature to switch over a heat pump to your oil-fired or gas-fired heating systems is 30°F. We can add integrated controls to your system so it would automatically switch over at or below this temperature so you can avoid feeling any chill in your home.

Read about a new heat pump installation.

Please contact us for a FREE estimate and be sure to visit our Specials Page to learn about saving money with federal tax credits and equipment rebates when we install a new heating system for you.

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