Regardless of whether you’re heating your new home with gas, electricity, or a boiler, getting the system installed properly determines how efficient it runs and how comfortable you and your family will be. Canyon Plumbing & Heating has been serving the Boulder area with expert heating installation and repair for over 20 years.
Call us and to find out if installing radiant heating is a good fit for your home.
Our Heat Pump Services
Heat pumps are often a better choice for people who want the advantages of a heater and air conditioner in one unit. If you’re considering a heat pump as your main heating and cooling source in your new Boulder home, check out the main benefits and then contact us.
- Cost of Installation: While it’s usually cheaper to install a gas furnace than a heat pump, you likely also need a system for cooling your home. With a furnace or electric heater, you must also pair it with an air conditioner while the heat pump tackles both jobs.
- Higher Efficiency: Heat pumps are more energy-efficient than furnaces because it’s easier to transfer heat rather than producing it the way furnaces do. In the best conditions, the heat pump can transfer 300 percent more energy than it consumes, while a high-efficiency gas furnace is only about 90 percent efficient.
- Improved Air Quality: Since heat pumps don’t burn fuel, such as gas, it has a lower carbon footprint and is better for the environment.
- Longer Lifespan: The average lifespan of a heat pump is much longer than a furnace. In comparison, the average furnace lasts about 15-20. years, a heat pump can last up to 50 years if properly maintained.
Radiant Heating Installation
While most Bouler residents prefer gas or electric heating systems for their new home construction, radiant heating is another option that’s worth considering.
What is radiant heating and why is it sometimes a better option?
There are three main kinds of floor heating systems, and which one is right for you depends on your needs, your budget, and your home.
- Air Heated Floor: The air-heated floor isn’t the best option for residential homes because air doesn’t hold heat well. Many people with this system must also rely on a furnace or solar for complete comfort.
- Electric Radiant Flooring: With an electric flooring system, the contractor puts electric cables throughout the floor. Many people use this system to melt snow and ice off their sidewalks or driveways.
- Hydronic Radiant Floors: These are the most popular heated flooring systems. The hydronic method uses pumps to push heated water from a boiler through tubes under the floor, much like a radiator.
The greatest benefit of a heated floor is that it supplies heat directly to floor panels, making it more efficient than forced-air units or baseboard heaters.
Another benefit to these systems is that they don’t require ductwork like conventional forced air furnaces or heaters; meaning they don’t lose energy through leaks in the ducts like forced air systems.
Also, unlike forced-air systems, radiant heat doesn’t spread allergens through the house as can happen with a furnace or electric heater.
For new home construction, be sure to contact us for our new construction plumbing services!
Benefits of Professional Boiler Installation for Your New Build
Most people don’t consider boiler heating for their new home construction; however, you should consider the following benefits before making your final decision.
Boiler systems are much more energy efficient than most forced air systems because water conducts heat better than air. When you heat the water, it stays hot longer than when heating the air. Boiler systems also provide more even heat throughout the house, which means a higher level of comfort with fewer ‘cold spots’. Lastly, with forced air systems, the hot air rises to the ceiling and cools as it falls. Boiler systems keep the heat near the floor, which makes it more effective and comfortable.
If you’re considering a boiler for your new home, call the experts at Canyon Plumbing & Heating.