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Heating Your Home without Ductwork

radiant-in-floor-heatingThere is absolutely nothing wrong with using a forced-air heating system to keep your home warm and cozy throughout the coldest time of the year. However, forced-air heating can sometimes be problematic due to issues that develop with ductwork. Today, we want to talk about two great heating options to consider that do not require the use of air ducts in order to warm a home. They are quite different in comparison to each other, but both offer benefits that ducted systems cannot.

Before we dive into our discussion of these heating systems, we do just want to remind you that working with trained professionals is an absolute necessity when dealing with your heater. The last thing that you want to do is to invest in a quality heating system, only to find that its performance is subpar due to shoddy workmanship. Working with us means that you’ll get the most from your heater in Capitol Hill. The following systems are just two of many heating options that we offer for installation.


This is a heating system that most homeowners probably have at least a passing familiarity with. Boilers heat water, and the resulting hot water or steam is the means by which the house is heated. But how does this work?

Some older homes may have steam radiators in them, though this is not really a heating method commonly used in new construction these days. Far more common are systems such as hydronic baseboards, in which water is piped through the baseboards, which heat up and radiate heat into the living space.

If you are really interested in using a boiler to heat your home evenly, efficiently, and comfortably, though, we recommend that you consider the use of a radiant heating system. By installing tubes through which hot water can circulate throughout the house underneath your floors, you can heat your home from the ground up. The heat does not get trapped in the air up at the ceiling, as can happen with forced-air systems, and the radiant heating method allows for the direct warming of furniture, bodies, and other objects.

Ductless Mini Splits

Another great option to consider, and one that is much easier to install in existing properties than an in-floor heating system, is the ductless mini split. This type of system is actually a heat pump, meaning that it uses existing heat in the air outside in order to facilitate the heating process. The fact that it transfers heat, rather than generating it, makes any heat pump a highly efficient option.

Ductless mini splits take the efficiency of heat pumps even further by eliminating the risk of energy loss via air leaks. Individual blowers connect to a single outdoor unit and are used to heat areas independently of one another. Plus, the same system can be used to cool your home in the summer! Enjoy year round comfort with the benefit of built-in zone control by going ductless.

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