If your current home heating system isn’t getting the job done, it may be time for a replacement. Unfortunately, most home owners do not really understand what different home heating systems offer, if they even know there are different types at all. From furnaces and pumps to radiant heat and space heaters, there are many ways to warm your home. Let’s discuss.
Perhaps the most common type of heating in North American homes today furnaces are essentially conduct air throughout a network of ducts and vents in your home. Air is taken into a central device where it is heated; this warm air is then circulated through your home. This air is filtered, and is generally powered by gas or electric; however, furnaces have also been powered with oil, coal, and wood. If you prefer to heat your home with a furnace, make sure to speak with an expert. It’s best to install a furnace that features a variable speed fan as these are much more energy efficient. Also, keep in mind that furnaces are graded with respect to the size of space they can heat.
Air and ground source pumps are the basic varieties available. Air source pumps take warm outside air to provide heating so they’re best suited to homes in mild or warm climates. These pumps also often feature air conditioning which operates on the same principle. Alternatively, ground source pumps, or geothermal pumps operate on the principle that underground temperatures are consistent year round. Heat is sourced from the ground to warm the home.
The principle of radiant heat is that it rises. This type of system may utilize baseboard heat, or radiant ceiling or floor heat. Baseboard heaters are made from electrical, metal units that are heated, ultimately dispersing warmth through a home. These heaters are individually controlled and may offer primary or secondary sources of heat. Radiant ceiling or floor heating operates under the same principle, but the electrical units are installed either in the ceiling or the floor. Heat is then dispersed through your home.
Perhaps the least efficient form of home heating system, space heaters are small and ideally suited to warming individual rooms rather than an entire home. Though not suitable for heating large spaces, space heaters can save you money on energy bills as they allow you to reduce your thermostat setting and heat only areas of the room that you tend to use.
Regardless of the reason you are considering upgrading or replacing your home heating system, it is always important to discuss your options with a professional. Ultimately, you want to choose the option that will heat your home efficiently and for the long term.