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A couple of months ago, the HVAC unit in my home started malfunctioning. The temperature inside my home soared to over eighty degrees Fahrenheit, even though my air conditioning system ran nonstop. After inspecting my air conditioning unit, my knowledgeable HVAC contractor recommended I purchase a new system. He discussed the pros and cons of installing different sizes of HVAC units with me. After considering my HVAC contractor’s advice, I decided to purchase a three and a half ton HVAC unit. Shortly after my HVAC contractor installed my new air conditioning unit, my house started feeling more comfortable. On this blog, I hope you will discover how an HVAC contractor can help you select the right air conditioning unit for your home. Enjoy!


The Right HVAC Unit for Your Home

Five Signs Your Business Should Consider A Biomass Furnace Or Boiler

by Jamie Shaw

If you're looking for a new furnace for your commercial building, there are lots of options to consider, but one option to consider is a biomass furnace or boiler. These systems are perfect for some businesses but not necessarily the right option for everyone. Here are five signs a biomass furnace or boiler is right for your business.

1. You Have Access to Biomass Fuel

A biomass furnace or boiler runs on biomass fuel such as logs, wood chips, wood pellets, or straw. If you run a manufacturing facility, a carpentry company, or any other business that has off cuts of lumber or similar items around, a biomass furnace allows you to use that material. Instead of throwing it out in a landfill, you can use it to create heat for your building.

2. You Want to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Even if you don't have access to biomass, you may want to consider buying it and using a biomass commercial furnace for environmental reasons. When you power a commercial furnace with electricity or gas, you use fossil fuels, and that increases the carbon footprint of your business. Biomass, however, does not have the same effect. 

To explain, when you burn wood, it releases carbon into the atmosphere. However, that carbon is absorbed by the young trees that are growing up. When you cut down those trees and burn them, they will release carbon that gets absorbed by a new generation of growing trees, and this cycle can repeat indefinitely.

According to some estimates, switching to wood for your heating needs reduces your carbon output by 90 to 95 percent. If you are trying to bill your business as environmentally responsible, this may be the right step forward.  

3. Your Business Is in an Area With Frequent Power Outages

Traditional furnaces can require a lot of electricity to work. Even if you have a gas-powered heater, you need electricity to work the blower that sends the heat through the vents. In contrast, biomass furnaces and boilers don't need that much electricity.

If you live in an area with a lot of power outages, you can keep the heat on at work with a wood burning stove and reserve your generator for your overhead lighting. Similarly, if you have a biomass boiler that heats water which it sends through radiators in your building, that also doesn't require a lot of electricity to function. If the power goes out, you can typically run the pumps and valve openers on a small generator so you don't have to shut your business down for the day.

4. You Have Time to Deal With the Fire

With a biomass furnace or boiler, you have to load it with wood or wood pellets. This task isn't that time consuming, but if you and all of your employees are already super busy, you may not have time to deal with this type of commercial furnace.

However, if you are enticed by the idea of a biomass furnace, there are other options to consider. For example, some biomass boilers can be fed with a hopper so you don't manually have to shovel in wood or pellets on a daily basis.

5. You Want Low Maintenance and Lots of Durability

Finally, biomass furnaces don't need as much maintenance as other types of heaters. This fact can save you time and money. Additionally, biomass wood-burning stoves, furnaces, and boilers are typically made of steel or cast iron, and they are designed to last. For example, antique wood burning stoves can last for generations, while traditional furnaces typically reach the end of their life span in 20 to 30 years.

Contact a company like Controlled Comfort to learn more about your commercial heating options.