What Is the Greenest Way to Heat Your Home?

The Most Efficient Heat and Air Conditioning System

recent article on the Mother Nature Network explored the different options for home heating and debated which is the greenest. Every type of heat delivery system has its pros and cons:

Forced-Air Furnaces:

  • Pros: The system responds quickly to thermostats, it works to distribute both heat and air conditioning and integrates easily with smart thermostat controls.
  • Cons: Long duct systems can be inefficient and prone to leaks. They also help distribute dust and allergens throughout your rooms.

Boilers and Radiators:

  • Pros: Radiator pipes are easier to install and make less noise than forced-air duct systems. They don’t distribute dust and are effective at heating rooms evenly and efficiently.
  • Cons: The radiators can get hot, creating a burn hazard for children. They also take up space in a room and can clash with your home decor.

Radiant Floor Heat:

  • Pros: Many people enjoy the feeling of warm floors and heat emanating from the ground up.
  • Cons: The cost savings don’t always live up to claims. Heat elements are expensive to install and can take a long time to warm up a room. They are also prone to overheating homes due to the lag time.

Notice that most of the pros and cons are more about the utility of the systems rather than their efficiency. That’s because the efficiency of all three heating systems ultimately depends more on how you use them than the nature of the system itself. The biggest factor when it comes to energy savings, regardless of how you heat your home, is the temperature to which you set the thermostat.