With the fall evenings bringing along cold weather, you need to make sure you have a great heating system for your home to make it through the winter. However, there is no one-size-fits all heating system. Homes come in different shapes and sizes.
As such, they demand different heating requirements based on the city and climate. A house in Michigan has very different heating requirements than one in California. Older homes can also have different heating system requirements compared to newer homes. Heating systems have come a long way with advances in technology but choosing the right system can seem difficult when you’re not sure which is best for your location.
In order to find the right heating system for your home, you need to first ensure that it is the right size and type for your home. An improper heating system can add huge energy costs to your budget, which is why you should know the most common types of heating systems.
Common Heating Systems
The three most common systems are furnaces, boilers and heat pumps.
- Furnaces are the most common type of heating system and blow heated air through a duct system. However, their energy costs vary by fuel and electricity rates.
- Boiler systems heat water and move to conduct the heat into a radiant system such as baseboard heaters. However, these types of heaters may be more costly to install.
- Heat pumps, on the other hand, absorb heat from outside sources like the air or ground and use a heat-exchange to transfer the heat inside the house. The problem is these systems can become strained in extreme temperatures.
Each type has its advantages and disadvantages that should be considered in your home. A licensed technician can help you determine the right heating system for your home. You must also ensure that it is installed properly and receives the required maintenance so that it works optimally and efficiently.