If you are in need of a new heating system or simply tired of having to do constant maintenance on your current one, then you need to take a good look at your options. There are a variety of systems on the market. When choosing one, you should consider your needs, the configuration of your current system, your budget and how the system works. Understanding these things will help you to choose the system that is right for you home.
Here’s a look at several of the most common systems that people are buying for their homes. Included are some details about how the system works and the benefits of each option.
Probably one of the most common choices in heating is forced air. These systems feature a furnace with a blower connected to ducts that carry the heat throughout your home and into each room through a vent. A room has to be connected to the system and has to have a vent in order to get heat. Systems are programmed with a thermostat where you can set the desired temperature. The system kicks on when needed to maintain the set temperature.
These systems can use propane, natural gas or oil. They also use some electricity to operate the blower. Because they are such a popular option, it is usually very easy to find a service provider to install them and to conduct heat maintenance on them. If you need parts, they are also usually very easy to find. Lastly, they are probably the most affordable option as far as purchase price, installation and operation.
Radiators are common in older homes, but newer units offer an updated option that fits the energy efficiency and affordability needs of today’s homeowner. These systems use steam that comes from a boiler to produce radiant heat. Each room must have a radiator in order to be heated. This type of system has the added perk of also adding humidity into the air to help prevent the dryness that often occurs in colder months. Radiators are also nice for people who have allergies because they don’t blow the air around.
In-floor heating systems provide a similar radiant heat as radiators in a similar manner using a boiler. However, you don’t have to have a radiator in a room. Instead, the heating elements are in the floor. Obviously, this means that you must install pipes underneath your floors that will allow for the steam from the boiler to move throughout your home and provide heat. This type of system can be nice if you are adding an addition onto your home and don’t want to have to hook it up to a current heating system.
Choosing the right heating system for your home can be a challenge. Typically, you can just replace your current system with an updated version or you can go with a whole different system. Most often, budgets will dictate what you do, but it can help to understand your options. A system will last between 20 and 30 years, so you want to be sure you are making the right choice.