When it’s time to replace the heating portion of your home’s central HVAC system, you’ll want the most efficient heating system within your budget. Comparing your options is much easier when you know the efficiency terminology used for different types of heating systems. All of these systems come in different models and sizes to accommodate your home. The following are the different types of heating technologies available to you…
The majority of North American households depend on a central furnace to provide heat. A furnace works by blowing heated air through ducts that deliver the warm air to rooms throughout the house via air registers or grills. This type of heating system is called a ducted warm-air or forced warm-air distribution system. It can be powered by electricity, natural gas, or fuel oil most U.S. homes utilize natural gas. The forced air furnace duct-work can also be used by your air conditioner.
Boilers are a radiator distribution system. Boilers are special-purpose water heaters. While furnaces carry heat in warm air, boiler systems distribute the heat in hot water, which gives up heat as it passes through radiators or other devices in rooms throughout the house. The cooler water then returns to the boiler to be reheated. Hot water systems are often called hydroponic systems. Residential boilers generally use natural gas or heating oil for fuel. Boilers and radiators are significantly more expensive to install and cost more money to run. Furnaces and Boilers are called central heating systems because the heat is generated in a central area of the home and then distributed throughout the house.
Heat pumps are just two-way air conditioners. During the summer, an air conditioner works by moving heat from the relatively cool indoors to the relatively warm outside. In winter, the heat pump reverses this trick, scavenging heat from the cold outdoors with the help of an electrical system, and discharging that heat inside the house. Almost all heat pumps use forced warm-air delivery systems to move heated air throughout the house. They are often much more efficient than other types of heating systems. They work best in climates that stay above 40- 50 degrees.
Hybrid systems are comprised of a gas furnace and electric heat pump. The trend in new construction these days is toward energy efficiency. Hybrid heat pump systems are more expensive than traditional systems but can pay for themselves in three to five years and usually your home appraisal with a hybrid heat pump system adds value to your home. Since you aren’t just relying on one system, you will reduce significant strain on both systems. Reducing the need for repairs and replacements.
Mini-splits are heating and cooling systems that allow you to control the temperatures in individual rooms or spaces. Mini-split systems have two main components – an outdoor compressor/condenser and an indoor air-handling unit. They are easy to install usually requiring only a three-inch hole through a wall for the conduit; which houses the power and communication cables, copper tubing, and a condensation drain line, linking the outdoor and indoor units. This is very helpful in larger homes and add-on areas that do not have duct work installed.
Radiant floor heat generally refers to systems that circulate warm water in tubes under the floor. This warms the floor, which in turn warms people using the room. It is highly controllable, considered efficient by its advocates, and is expensive to install. It also requires a very experienced system designer and installer. The heat can be generated by oil, gas, propane, or electricity.
“Electric baseboard heat” is yet another kind of heating, similar to a plug-in space heater except that it is hard-wired. It has two principal virtues… the installation cost is low, and it is easy to install individual room thermostats so you can turn down the heat in rooms that aren’t being used. Operating costs are generally very high. You have two choices when it comes to baseboard heating, electric, or hydroponic.
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