Need a new home heating system? You don’t have to stick with the same thing you had before. You have options! These days, there are several different types of home heating systems, all ranging in terms of effectiveness in different climates and energy efficiency. There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to home heating systems, which is why we offer alternatives at Service Champions. But which is the best option for you? Let’s discuss in today’s blog.
Various Types of Home Heating Systems
You may have had a furnace for years, but now you’re interested in trying out a heat pump for your home heating. Maybe you’ve experimented with a few different home heating systems, and none of them have been exactly what you’ve needed. In order to find the perfect home heating system for you, you first need to know the options that are out there. Those include:
A gas furnace, using forced air to heat the home through your ducts, is the most common type of heating system. It works by burning propane or natural gas and then transferring that to a heat exchanger, which heats the air in your ducts and then forces them out through the vents of your home. There are a variety of gas furnace types, from single stage gas furnaces that simply turn off and on to modulating systems that connect to your thermostat to customize your home heating. They coordinate well with central air conditioning systems, as both use ducts.
Air Source Heat Pumps
Heat pumps are a terrific option if you’re looking for something eco-friendly. They do not generate hot air but simply transfer air from one side of the heat pump to the other using refrigerant and electricity. This means they use less energy and you pay lower bills. Heat pumps can also help to cool your home in the summer using the same system, which makes them convenient as well as energy efficient. They’re not the best option for climates with harsh winters, but perfect for Northern California.
Boiler and Radiators
Boilers work by boiling hot water and sending it through pipes that attach to radiators throughout the home. You can have as few or as many radiators as you’d like, so you can effectively zone your home, and though they’re not central units, they are remarkably effective. The problem with radiators is that they’re a more expensive option when it comes to installation, as well as monthly heating costs. Also, with thermostats allowing for zoning now through central heating, boilers are often considered old-fashioned and nearly obsolete, though they can be handy in northern climates with frigid winters.
Solar heating is a popular option in these times when everyone is looking for a way to reduce their carbon footprint. Rather than using gas, solar heating uses the rays of the sun to warm water that is then turned into hot air. Even during the summer months, solar heating systems can be used to create that heat and store it so that you’ll have more when you need it in the winter. This is especially handy because even on cloudy days, you’ll be able to heat your home with this system. It can also be handy for sunny California homes.
Portable or Space Heaters
If you only need a small, localized source of heat to keep your home comfortable, you might invest in a portable heater, like a space heater. A space heater is much more affordable than a central heating system and utilizes electricity to generate heat, but will also cost more to use in the long run. Space heaters are also not welcomed in office buildings, as they are risky and hazardous..
Electric heating systems rely on electricity to heat your home. They convert electricity into heat, like space heaters on a larger scale, and that heat is distributed throughout your home. You might notice these electric heaters installed in the walls, so electric heating can be used for zoning, too. It is more energy efficient, though since electricity costs more than gas, it can also be more expensive. Also, it is a slower heater than gas heating. It is, however, more affordable and easier to install than gas heating systems and boilers.
Geothermal Heat Pumps
Geothermal heat pumps get around the need for gas or electric conversion by drawing heat from the ground. They can not only draw heat from the ground, but draw hot water from ground wells and convert this into hot air. Heat pumps are by far the most energy efficient option when it comes to home heating systems. However, geothermal heat pumps are the most energy efficient type of heat pump. The downside to these heat pumps is that they’re the most difficult to install, and thus the most expensive to install. For many homeowners, the energy efficiency provides enough of a pay-off.
These are not all of the home heating systems available, but they are some of the more popular, efficient, and effective options. If you’re still looking for the perfect home heating system, it helps to have the right heating and air conditioning company to lend their expertise and careful installation. That’s why Service Champions offers options when it comes to home heating, like gas furnaces, heat pumps, and ductless mini-splits. Interested in our heating services, whether installing a new system or repairing your current system? Contact us today for more information or to schedule an appointment.