Heating System Installation & Repair

Roberto Plumbing & Heating Inc. offers design, installation and service for all types of heating systems including gas and electric furnaces, air-source heat pumps for forced hot air systems, boilers and water-source heat pumps for hot water heat (such as baseboard heaters) and radiant floor heating systems.  We can also customize your heating or cooling system using a combination of methods and multiple zones to give you the most cost effective and energy efficient heating and cooling system possible.

Types of Heating Systems

With the kind of cold, snowy winters we have in Ulster and Dutchess County as well as throughout the Hudson Valley, heating your home is the largest energy expense you have – and can account for as much as 50% of your annual energy costs!

Whether you are looking to upgrade to a more efficient type of heat, or need heat for a new construction project, our highly-trained HVAC technicians will help you choose the best and most cost-efficient heating system based on your needs.

We begin with proper sizing of your heating system in order to avoid over or under heating your space and preventing wide swings in temperature, insuring your comfort and keeping energy costs down.  Then we provide professional installation and final testing of your new heating equipment to give you a reliable heating system that you can depend on for years to come. We also offer service and heating system repair of your existing system to keep it functioning at maximum effectiveness.

Radiant Heating Systems

Radiant heating systems use gas or oil-fired water boilers to heat water or another fluid which then circulates through plastic or rubber tubing that is either laid within the foundation during construction or stapled underneath the floorboards after.  As the heated fluid passes through the tubing, heat radiates up and heats the floor as well as all objects in the room providing a more consistent temperature than most other systems offer.  Although radiant heat is more expensive to install, it delivers more comfort at a lower air temperature so it saves on fuel costs over time, making it a good investment.  Another advantage of radiant heat is that rooms can be heated to different temperatures by using thermostatically controlled valves, so you can keep rooms that are not being used at a lower temperature and further save on fuel costs.

Some of the benefits and advantages of installing Radiant Heat:

  • It’s more efficient than baseboard and forced hot air heating because no energy is lost through duct work, saving you a substantial amount of money over time.
  • Radiant uses less electric a benefit especially for homes in areas with high electricity prices or those using alternate power sources.
  • A wide variety of energy sources including gas boilers, oil-fired boilers, wood-fired boilers, solar water heaters, or a combination of these heat sources can be utilized for powering a radiant heating system.
  • Radiant heat is better for those with allergies because it does not create the dust as compared to forced hot air and other systems, thereby making extended periods of staying indoors more tolerable.
  • It’s also aesthetically pleasing to the eye since there are no bulky baseboards or air vents competing with your decorating needs.

Because radiant is one of the most cost-effective heating systems in climates that have prolonged periods of cold weather along with the other benefits listed above, they are becoming an increasingly more desirable feature which also adds value to your home.

Forced hot air heat

Forced hot air heating systems use a furnace (natural gas, propane, or electric) and/or heat pump to heat air which then passes through sealed and insulated duct work and delivers it to the space that needs to be heated.  An advantage of having a forced hot air heating system is that you can use the same duct work for your air conditioning when the weather gets warmer.

Hot Water Baseboard Heat

Hot water baseboard heating systems use gas or oil-fired hot water boilers to heat water which then circulates through copper piping to the baseboard heaters which are installed in each location that needs to receive heat.  These baseboard heaters have “fins” attached to the copper piping to help radiate the heat throughout the area to be heated.  One of the benefits of having baseboard heat is that rooms can be heated to different temperatures by having thermostatically controlled valves (or zones), so you can keep rooms that are not being used at a lower temperature and save on fuel costs.

Boiler & Furnace Installation or Conversion

Why consider converting or upgrading your heating equipment?

  • Does your gas furnace have a pilot light?  If so, chances are it’s at least 15 years old and is only about 65% efficient.  Most of today’s systems are at least 80% efficient and some high-efficient boilers and furnaces are 90% efficient or better.  That’s a huge savings on fuel over the life of the heating equipment.  Also, if your gas furnace does not have vent dampers or an induced draft fan, then you are not getting the flow of heated air that you could be getting out of your furnace.
  • If your boiler or furnace is more than 20 years old replacing it with a high-efficiency model is a great investment for your home and your fuel budget.

In general, if your boiler or furnace is more than 10 years old, if your house just never feels quite warm enough, or if you have extremely high heating bills, it’s time to have one of our experienced HVAC technicians evaluate your existing system.

Service and Repair

Roberto Plumbing and Heating Inc. offers service and emergency repair of all types of heating systems to ensure your home or office is always a comfortable place to be.
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