Home Heating Systems | Steam Air, Heat Pumps, Hydronic Heating

Options For Home Heating Systems

There are a variety of options you have to choose from when deciding how you would like to heat your home. Each of these options have different advantages and disadvantages associated with them. Some are more efficient, some are less costly, and some offer other distinct characteristics. Choosing the right heating system for your home should be an educated and well-planned decision. We will list a few of the heating systems you can choose from below:

Steam Heating

In stream heating, a boiler is used to heat water to create steam. This steam is sent through a series of tubes into a radiator, which emits the heat into the room. The boiler is heated through the use of coal, coal oil, or other oils. These fuels can be both dirty and costly. Additionally, a steam heating system necessitates quite a bit of maintenance and requires extensive hardware to function properly.

While it may have drawbacks, steam heating also has some redeeming qualities. It is an efficient choice for heating and is good for people that suffer from allergies. Steam heating doesn't draw in outside air like other heating systems, reducing the number of allergens that are imported into your home.

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Additional Home Heating Systems

Gas-Fired Hydronic Heating

As with steam heating, gas-fired hydronic heating also uses water to heat your living space. Water is heated in a gas-fired boiler, but not to the point of converting it to steam, and is then sent into several long, narrow baseboard-style radiating units.

These baseboard heaters offer a couple of advantages over steam systems. Less intense heat is distributed over a larger area with gas-fired hyrdonic systems. This system is cleaner, safer, more efficient, and makes less of an impact on the decorating on your room than radiators.

Radiant Heating

Radiant heating systems work in essentially the same way as steam and gas-fired hydronic heating. A boiler is still heating water, but it differs in the way that it is distributed. Instead of a radiator or baseboard style units, the heated water is sent through a series of metal or plastic tubes that run through the floor, walls, or ceilings of a room. Radiant systems distribute heat in a more universal pattern than any of the other water based systems; however, these systems can be very expensive to install and difficult to maintain.

Heat Pumps

Heat pumps are a complex heating system that can double as an air conditioner. It uses electricity to create an extremely efficient heating system. Rather than being passed through a metal coil like baseboard radiators, the electrical current is used to run an electric motor. This means that far less electricity is being used to create heat.

The heat pump can also convert its Freon from a liquid to a gas, or vise versa, transforming the unit into an air conditioner, if necessary.

Gas-Fired, Forced-Air Units

These heating systems can come in either a central unit or a wall unit. In both cases, gas burners heat a large metal chamber that warms the air held there. They differ in the way that the air is distributed. The central unit uses a fan to send the air through ductwork and into the living areas of your home. The wall unit is already placed within the living space, and radiates the heat from the metal chamber into the room.

Gad-fired, forced-air units can provide energy efficiency, depending on the unit that you are using. One thing to consider with these heating systems is their utilization of fans. These fans bring in outside air to warm and eventually send to each area of your home. This outside air can contain dust and allergens, leading to cleaning and health problems if you don't properly use and maintain air filters.

Listed above are just a few of the many heating options that you can use. The right choice depends on many factors. Deciding on the correct option should be an educated and well-planned choice. Make sure to learn everything you can about the various heating systems, so that you can make the best choice for you and your home.

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