Heating is one of the most important things to have in your home. Even if you have a natural ability to deal with even the cooler temperatures, you still need a heating system to make sure you have a regular supply of hot water and can crank up the central heating when it’s too cold to bear.
There are many different heating systems out there and if you are a new homeowner or have never had to buy a new heating system, it helps to understand the choices out there for you.
With that in mind, in the following post we will look at the most popular and common types of heating systems.
Steam Heat Systems
Steam heating systems are more commonly found in older buildings and homes. In these systems, a water boiler is used and sends hot water through to radiators placed at key points throughout the building or home. Cold water is then sent back to the boiler to be re-heated again.
Forced-Air Heating Systems
This is by far the most common option on the residential market. It is also commonly found in larger buildings and even retail stores. Inside a furnace, air is warmed and then blown or forced into and pushed along ductwork to registers and vents at key points throughout the property.
Depending on the availability in the area you are based, a number of different fuels can be used to power a furnace-based forced-air heating system. Some of the most common include oil, natural gas, propane and even electricity. Fortunately in this day an age, you can easily compare propane and home heating oil prices online.
Electric Heater Systems
Although the above is the most common, in areas where natural gas, heating oil or propane are not available, you will find that electric heating systems are the most common choice. For these systems, baseboard heaters are normally installed that are controlled using individual or a central thermostat.
The biggest downside of this kind of system is that because of the use of numerous heaters throughout the property, it is more expensive to run than the alternatives. In turn, you will have to budget carefully when the temperatures drop during winter.
Radiant Heat Systems
If your building or home has a boiler, you have the option to use radiant heating rather than steam heating. Water is heated as normal in the boiler and then sent through special tubes under the floorboards to spread the heat throughout the property. Heat then gradually radiates upwards through the floorboards to warm the building or individual rooms up.
Again, this is heated using heating oil, electricity, natural gas or propane.
Geothermal heating systems are considered to be one of the most energy-efficient systems. Heat is obtained for the system through the ground and utilizes water from ground wells. These tend to use less electricity and are great if you want to reduce your energy bills during the coldest periods of the year.
However, the downside is that generally the setup and installation costs for geothermal heating systems is a lot more expensive than more traditional options.