Choosing a Home Heating System

November 3rd, 2020 by admin Leave a reply »

Are you trying to determine how your home will be heated? There are plenty of home heating system options available. Learn about the most common systems and figure out which one makes the most sense.

BODY: If you’re going to be building or renovating a home, one of the first issues you need to figure out is how the house will keep you and your family warm. When considering a home heating system, you’ll have to sort through several different options in order to find the one that will heat your home the best while saving you the most money. Each option has its positives and negatives, so it’s up to you to determine which one will make sense for your house.

Furnaces and Boilers

You may be aware that most American homes use either a furnace or a boiler as the home heating system. Furnaces are used to heat the house using air ducts, and boilers heat water, providing either steam or hot water for heat. If steam is being used, it’s distributed with pipes through floor systems. If you want to use a boiler, you might want to consider the hot water route, as steam boilers have to work at a higher temperature, making them more costly and less efficient. If you want to pay a little extra, you can get more efficient furnaces and boilers.

Portable Heaters

Portable heaters, known as space heaters, are generally used when it is too costly to install a main heating system or there are no other adequate options. If you are only interested in heating one room, a small space heater is your best bet. It can also be the perfect option to boost the heat in a bedroom overnight without causing the rest of the house to feel like a sauna. If you’re trying to save money and heat a specific room for a short period of time, the portable heater can be your home heating system when the temperature gets low.

Radiant Heating

Radiant heating systems use wall and ceiling panels in the house to heat the home. It can be a little more efficient that traditional forced-air heating and eliminates dust in the air that can use allergies. If you want to use radiant heating, it’s recommended that you do it with a liquid-based system. The flow of the water can be controlled, fixing the amount of heat delivered and making it financially efficient.

Regardless of the home heating system you choose, make sure you pick a qualified contractor to install the system. Don’t be afraid to ask people about heating recommendations, as your neighbors will likely not be afraid to share with you their opinions about saving money with heat. Keep cost in mind. If you think a potential project will be a hit in the wallet, consider the amount of money you may save over time by installing a more sensible home heating system.

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