Forced Air

Forced Air System

When you have a home, you’ll likely come across the term forced-air heating. In fact, this is the most common type of heating for Canadian homeowners.

What Is Forced-Air Heating?
Forced-air heating is a type of heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system, also know as HVAC. This system uses a a heat source powered by one of electricity, natural gas, or propane. This in turn increases the home’s air temperature, which then is pushed throughout the home via fans and a duct system.

How a Forced-Air Heating System Works
Forced-air heating systems use a series of complicated but carefully designed components. Some parts of the heating process happen simultaneously, while others occur in a series.

Pros and Cons of Forced-Air Heating
Being so cost effective, forced-air is the most popular heating system. And forced air can use the same ductwork as your air conditioning system.


  • Heats your home faster than other types of heating systems
  • Highly energy-efficient and cost-effective
  • Highly durable and lasts up to 30 years


  • Noisier than other system types
  • Requires centralized temperature control
  • Can cause mold and allergens if not properly maintained

Forced-Air Heating System Maintenance
Maintenance is relatively simple, but while these steps may seem small, it’s important to follow them to ensure your HVAC system runs properly.

Here are the key steps:

  • Change the air filter monthly or quarterly.
  • Have your central heating system inspected annually.
  • Clean the supply and return air ducts annually.
  • Keep all air conditioner components clear of clutter and obstructions.
  • Keep the thermostat batteries charged.
  • Maintain carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Monitor your energy bills to catch any energy-use spikes.