Whether you’re building a new home, or thinking of sprucing up your home, heating systems are one of the most important decisions you’ll make. There’s a wide array of different types of heating system that cater to each home’s specific needs, design, and location.
Factors To Consider
One of the first factors you need to consider when picking a heating system is if you want a you want a fuel powered heating system or an energy source powered heating system. For heating systems powered by fuel, natural gas is one of the most popular space heating fuel. In other places where natural gas is limited, people typically use propane or LP gas. For energy source powered heating systems, heat pumps using air to warm your home, and electric heaters are pretty popular.
Common Types of Heating Systems
The three most commonly used heating systems are: furnaces, boilers, and electric heat pumps. That doesn’t mean that they’re the only forms of heating systems out there, but they’re the ones that most people across the country use.
Furnaces use gas to heat up homes and operate on an efficiency level of anywhere from 78% to 96%. Furnaces work by presetting a thermostat, and then trying to stay at that temperature. For example, if you preset your thermostat to 70 degrees, and the temperature of a room drops to 65 degrees, your thermostat is going to send an electrical signal to your furnace that tells it to heat up your home.
Boilers use primarily fuel, but also electricity to heat up your home. Boilers works by containing water, that transfers heat from a fuel source like oil, gas, or coal into steam, which then, warms you home.
Electric Heat Pumps are basically just air conditioning systems working in reverse. This means that when it’s cold outside, your heat pump transporter works to move warm air from on place to another. Basically what happens is your heat pump takes the heat from the air outside and moves it into your home. When it’s warm outside, the reverse happens and your heat pumps acts like an air conditioner.