For over 30 years, Jet Plumbing, Heating and Drain Services has offered furnace repair, replacement and installation services for residential and commercial customers across the Truckee Meadows. Jet Plumbing knows that whether you are replacing a water heater, furnace or just a faucet, one application is not the same as the next. That’s why we don’t limit ourselves to selling only one brand. Every piece of equipment that we install has been carefully chosen for it’s quality, functionality and warranty. This way you can be sure that you are paying the right price and receiving the right piece of equipment for your home or business.
Jet Plumbing employees know that in order to give our community the best possible service, it is imperative that we not only service what we sell, we also service what the competition sells. Jet Plumbing currently operates more service vehicles than any other plumbing and heating company in Northern Nevada. Offering 24 hour furnace repair is something most of the competition cannot provide. All phone calls and internet service requests are answered by Jet Plumbing company personnel to be sure your problems are handled quickly and properly.
Here are some of the brands that we recommend and install. If you would like more information about a specific manufacturer simply “Click” on the respective logo to the left and you will be directed to that companies website.
Forced Air Heating Systems
Choosing a new heating or air conditioning system can be confusing. Forced air heating represents the largest majority of the current heating systems. Forced air furnace systems are becoming more efficient with new DOE guidelines and can come with a moderate price tag. But other systems such as hydronic or geothermal may make more sense depending on your geographical location and available resources. Forced air heating usually will work best in older homes that have existing ductwork or in new or late model homes when alternative systems cost too much.
Forced air furnace systems distribute heat using a duct system that runs below the floor or between floors if you have a 2 story home. Air is drawn into the ducts from 1 or 2 return air ducts which is delivered to a central furnace. The furnace may be electric-, gas-, or oil-powered. The furnace heats the air which is distributed to the rooms through the ductwork and exit vent registers throughout the home.
Forced air furnace systems offer several distinct advantages over other types of systems as they are relatively efficient and generally will distribute heat evenly throughout your home. Humidifiers and filtration systems can be incorporated into the system when needed which adds benefits in dusty and dry climates. Additionally, you can easily incorporate an air conditioning coil and condenser that will offer central temperature control during warm seasonal temperatures. Central air conditioning is most common in moist air climates such as the east, mid-west and south.
Forced air heating is significantly more efficient than heating system of the past, such as steam radiators although it is generally known to be less efficient than radiant heating because of heat lost as air travels through the heating ducts. However, forced air heating is more efficient than the use of portable space heaters except when heating very small spaces. Homes that have south faced rooms that receive a lot of warmth generated by the sun can help the raise the efficiency of forced air heating systems during colder months.
One thing we haven’t touched on is the dust factor associated with forced air heat. Though there are pros and cons associated with the different ways to heat you home, the movement of air when using forced air furnaces will increase the spread of dust and dirt and may not be the best choice for someone that is sensitive to these issues.
Also, whether forced air heating is right for you depends on the age of your home and how much you’re willing to spend on a new heating system. Forced air heating makes the most sense in older homes with existing ductwork. Installing ductwork in a home previously heated by steam or other means can be prohibitively expensive. On the other hand, some old ductwork contains asbestos, which should be removed for safety reasons. For new homes, forced air heating provides a good level of efficiency at moderate cost. Other heating systems, including electric resistance heating, offer better efficiency but at a higher cost.
Forced air heating systems, when correctly installed, can save you money and keep your home at a comfortable temperature throughout winter. As mentioned previously, forced air heating offers certain advantages over other systems, including air filtration, humidification and compatibility with air conditioning systems. But forced air heating isn’t right for everyone.
Air Conditioning Systems
Air conditioning systems come in many different sizes that provide for many different applications. Central air conditioning systems keep an entire home or business at a comfortable temperature, while window mount air conditioner applications do the same for smaller areas like bedrooms. Central air conditioning works together with forced air furnaces and requires the installation of a cased coil (evaporator) in the furnace which connects to a condenser on the outside of the home. Central air conditioners run on electricity and remove heat from the air using basic refrigeration principles. When the thermostat signals the air conditioning system that the temperature needs to be lowered, this begins a series of events.
First the furnace kicks on drawing air from the room through the return air ducts and pushes it out through vent ducts within the home or business. Unlike during the winter months when the thermostat calls for heat, the furnace burner does not fire. At the same time the condenser outside starts to circulate refrigerant through its compressor to the evaporator in the furnace. The air passes through the furnace and over the evaporator that is connected to the condenser. This is where the principles of refrigeration come into play.
The refrigerant receives and releases heat as it increases and decreases in temperature and changes from a liquid to a gas and back to a liquid. The air conditioning refrigerant becomes especially cold as it passes through the coil in the furnace.
As the warm air in the home passes across the cold coils the refrigerant absorbs so much heat that it turns back into a vapor. The vapor then travels back to the condenser outside where it is pressurized by the compressor and sent through the outside coil where the heat is dissipated.