Many homes around the country have fan-forced hot air coupled with furnaces that burn natural gas as a fuel.
Natural gas furnaces are powerful and can be effective at heating homes even in the coldest environments, but they are not without their drawbacks.
Specifically, the fan itself, which some might even call a weak point in the design.
As powerful as a furnace may be, it is only as effective as its ability to circulate warm air around the house. This weak point is the fan.
Fans are mechanical devices with motors, switches, and electrical wiring that can wear out or simply fail. When the fan goes, the entire system will not be able to function properly and you’ll be without heat until you fix it.
A furnace paired with a weak fan is another problem and can be an expensive upgrade. Moreover, fan-forced hot air systems require routine cleaning and changing of their filters, or else they will actively circulate pathogens and allergens around a home.
Though not a problem with the fan itself, the ducts of forced air systems can become a dangerous breeding ground for mold and bacteria when the system is not properly maintained by a trained and experienced professional.
Leaky ductwork can be another problem. The ducts that convey forced hot air around a home can be another deficient link in the system. Leaks in the ducts or faults in the insulation can severely inhibit the efficiency of the heating system.
Let’s also talk about noise. For better or worse – and despite their efficiency – fan-forced heaters are loud. This can range from a mild annoyance to a disturbance that makes sleep difficult, especially if the furnace and fan are located near or directly beneath sleeping quarters. Of course, they can also just serve as a mild distraction when near offices and other work spaces.
An Unlikely Hero: Wall-Mounted Electric Heaters
It’s clear enough what some of the domestic concerns associated with fan-forced hot air systems are. Now let’s posit a surprising solution: electric heat.
Specifically, wall-mounted electric heaters. These are not your dad’s electrical baseboard heaters or electrical resistance space heaters. These solve all of the problems associated with fan-forced hot air and traditional electric heaters, and then some.
Take, for instance, eheat’s Envi wall-mounted electric heaters. These heaters are completely fanless and use a stacked convection heating element to circulate heat around a home. The lack of fans means there is no noise, absolutely no moving parts or maintenance, and no concern with respect to circulating pathogens or allergens.
Also, since these wall-mounted heaters are ductless and mounted directly in the room, there’s no heating loss associated with leaky, faulty ducts or weak motors.
Most importantly, they are enormously energy efficient. The average American homeowner spends somewhere around $1,200 per year on heating and cooling. Envi wall-mounted electric heaters can be operated for as low as 4 to 5 cents per hour.
Ready to learn more about electric heat that is affordable, accessible, easy to mount, maintenance-free, and completely silent? Get in touch with the experts today at eheat.com or by phone at 1-800-807-0107 and learn more about how you can keep your home warm and cozy without fan-forced heating.