Heating Services

Finding the Right Heating System for Your Home

When it comes to heating your home or business, a variety of heating system technologies are available. The most common system types are either forced air, hot water (hydronic) or steam. Forced air systems distribute heated air through ducts, while hydronic systems heat water, providing either hot water or steam for heating via baseboard, radiators or radiant floor heating.

For areas that are too small for conventional heating systems or don’t have space for ducting, we offer a complete line of ductless mini-split systems that are a perfect solution.

Typically, over half of the energy used in your home goes to heating & cooling, so making the right decision about your home’s heating system can have a big effect on your utility bills — and your comfort. We carry a complete line of Energy Star® qualified equipment, with many systems qualifying for federal or local tax credits or rebates.

Heating Services Provided by TriState Home Services

  • Furnace repair
  • Furnace service and cleaning
  • High efficiency furnaces
  • Heat pumps
  • Indoor air quality
  • Coil and duct sanitation
  • Duct cleaning
  • Home protection – smoke alarms, CO detectors,
    whole house surge protectors
  • Gas furnace replacement
  • Steam, gas & oil fired boilers
  • Geothermal heating systems
  • Whole house humidifiers
  • Duct repair, reroute, modification
  • WiFi/Smartphone thermostats
  • Residential zoning systems
  • Ductless mini systems
  • Weather sealing & home efficiency
  • Thermostat service
  • Filter replacement
  • Attic insulation
  • Oil furnace replacements
  • Radiant floor heating
  • Remodeling & renovations

Radiant Floor Heating

Residential, Commercial & Snow Melting

Radiant floors are one of the oldest forms of heating a structure — dating all the way back to Roman times. Radiant floor heat provides numerous benefits, including increased comfort, more even temperatures, cleaner air and no cold drafts; all while being quieter and more energy-efficient compared to forced-air heat.

In a radiant floor heating system, warm water flows through tubes located underneath the floors. That warmth radiates up from the floors and warms everything it comes in contact with — including people. Radiant heating is compatible under any type of floor covering, including carpet, wood, slate, tile, linoleum, and even concrete, making design possibilities endless.

We have experience with almost all types of radiant heating systems, on projects of all sizes. We have installed systems as small as a single sun room addition, and as big as a large crane maintenance facility containing tens of thousands of square feet of area.

Heat Pump Installations & Repairs

What is a Heat Pump?

One type of heating system for homes that covers a larger area is the heat pump. Basically, heat pumps take heat from one area and transfer it to another through pipe-like passageways. This heating system also works during the colder months of the year because even if the area is cool, the presence of heat energy still exists – making it impossible for heat pumps to run out of heat energy sources.

The Advantages of Heat Pumps

Consumes Less Energy

Most heaters generate their own heat in order to keep your home warm; but since heat pumps only transfer heat from one place to another, they don’t depend too much on electricity to create the source.

Works Both Ways

Heat pumps also work as a cooling system. This system can also extract heat from your home, thus, keeping the atmosphere comfortable and temperate, all year round.

Safer Than Most Heating Systems

Some heaters rely on gas or electricity, which can be dangerous if they are not being monitored regularly. Heat pumps, however, do not need any of these to function, so you can sleep well at night knowing that fires, electrical shortages, etc. will not occur. Also, heating systems are installed in hard-to-reach places, so children and pets cannot come into contact with them.

Improves Air Quality

You will never see or smell smoke, or any other type of fume because heat pumps do not generate any of these. This system circulates the air in your home, and by doing so, it filters, cleans, and purifies this air by removing dust, mold spores, smoke, odors, and other particles.

Utilizes Space Effectively

Heat pumps are small but powerful. Though the system takes up very little space, it circulates the warm air throughout your whole property, so you do not need to stay close to it to feel warm.

Gas Furnaces

Signs that your furnace may need servicing:

  • Unnaturally loud noises coming from the unit (banging or groaning)
  • No matter how high you turn up the thermostat, your home just won’t get warm
  • Unusually high electricity bills
  • Strange color of the pilot light (yellow is a warning sign)
  • Furnace consistently turning off
  • Furnace difficult to turn on
  • Increase in occurrences of asthma or allergies
  • Furnace is more than 15 years old
  • Repeat repairs (might signal a need for a new unit)

One of the reasons why we find it so important to offer emergency services is that a furnace malfunction can be a serious safety hazard. Protect your family by contacting our office as soon as you suspect that there may be a problem with your gas furnace. TriState Home Services is happy to provide after hours service.

Oil Furnaces

When outside temperatures begin to drop, you know it’s time to start thinking about wearing a sweatshirt or coat when you leave the house. It’s also the perfect time to schedule an appointment to have your oil furnace serviced, or if necessary, have a new one installed. You don’t want to wait until the colder months of winter to find out your furnace doesn’t work.

There are many different types of furnaces, and choosing the right one can be a little tricky. TriState Home Services can help you decide which is the best option for you, based on your lifestyle, budget, and the structure of your home. 

Gas, Oil, Water & Steam Boilers

Feeling chills inside your home? The very first thing to look at is your boiler – the most common heating source in any water or steam-based system. Boilers use natural gas, oil, water, electricity, propane or wood to create hot water or steam which heats your home through radiators, baseboard convectors, radiant floors or fan-forced coils. Boilers are an essential way to stay warm during the colder months of the year.

Selecting the Right Boiler for Your Home

There are various types of boilers available, including high-efficiency units designed to help homeowners rein in high heating costs. If your heating system is more than 10 years old, you may be able to achieve substantial savings by switching to a newer model. Buying a new boiler is a major investment and requires careful consideration to ensure the system will operate as intended. We work with leading brand names such as Burnham, Weil McLain and Buderus. Our professionals can help you choose the right unit for your home or business and answer any questions you have.

Choose based on heat loss, not by square footage

When shopping for a boiler, ignore the old rule-of-thumb sizing, as this generally results in a boiler too large for the home. Choose a new boiler to replace the heat lost from your home through walls, ceilings, windows and other surfaces, using the Air Conditioning Contractors of America’s “Manual J” guidelines.

Oil or Gas-Powered Boiler

Gas prices traditionally tend to fluctuate less than oil prices. If you have access to a municipal gas line, install a gas boiler to save money on heating bills.

Both the gas and oil boilers evenly distribute the wanted temperature throughout your home with the help of tubes installed behind your walls. However, the big difference between these two systems lies in the startup method. Gas boilers need fire in order to work, while oil boilers use an oil-fired boiler to heat your home.

The gas boiler is able to evenly distribute heat in every room, with just one flick of a match. Though it does require the help of a flame, it comes in a very easy to use system. By simply pushing a red button (for one minute) and lighting the pilot light, your home will be heated in no time.

Combination Boiler

Another option is a combination boiler. Combination boilers incorporate water heating AND home heating into a single appliance. If you plan to upgrade your hot water heater, these units can save you space and maximize convenience. Stick with boilers that incorporate sealed combustion chambers that exhaust fumes directly outside.

Venting Requirements

Another consideration when shopping for a new boiler is selecting a venting system that will work within your home. Chimney-vented boilers exhaust naturally through a chimney, while power and direct-vent boilers use fans to push exhaust through a roof or side wall vent. Since power-vent boilers use air from inside, they can be installed only in open rooms, not in tight closets or crawl spaces. Condensing boilers have special venting requirements due to the acidity of the condensation that they produce.

High Velocity Heating & Cooling Systems

Many people are only familiar with more traditional heating and cooling systems. While these work for many consumers, those with space constraints, architectural limitations or requirements, or who are just looking for a different option may want to consider a high velocity system. These systems work by utilizing a small duct, high-velocity airflow to produce high quality heating and cooling results.

Why Choose a High Velocity Heating & Cooling System?

  • No loud, intrusive installation
  • Uses a third of the space required in a conventional system – less surface area means less leakage
  • Flexible ducts that can be installed almost anywhere, eliminating the need for baseboard radiators and in-window air conditioning units
  • More evenly circulated warm or cool air
  • Uses less energy than conventional systems and, therefore, saves you money
  • Utilizes small spaces and is designed to mesh with the current aesthetic of your home

Many consumers don’t know about the benefits of a high velocity system for their home. We can help you understand your options so you can make an informed decision about whether it is the right choice for you.