Mankind has relied on a heat source for comfort and protection since the time when fire was the only heating option. Modern homeowners have a lot more options available to them when it comes to heating a home. It's great to have options, but you may find yourself wondering which heating system is right for your home.
Identifying the pros and cons of each major heating system will help you decide which system can give you the comfortable and cozy interior you desire.
One heating system you may not be familiar with is a boiler. A boiler relies on heated water to produce steam, which is then used to heat the air that is circulated through your home. Boiler heating systems rely on steam radiators rather than air ducts to deliver heat to your living space.
Start by assessing your heating needs when determining if a boiler is the right choice for your home.
Boilers allow you to heat each room individually, making them great for zoned heating systems. If you have areas within your home that don't see much use, a boiler has the potential to save you a lot of money on future heating costs.
Heat pumps are very unique types of heating systems. Instead of creating heated air, a heat pump simply pulls heat from the air around your home (even when outdoor temperatures are low) and redistributing this heat throughout your living space.
Heat pumps are usually powered by electricity or geothermal energy. These alternate fuel options make a heat pump the perfect heating system if your home isn't located close to a natural gas connection.
You won't have to pay to have a gas line installed, and you may find that you save money on future heating costs with a heat pump.
The most common type of heating system found in residential settings is a forced-air furnace. A furnace heats your home by relying on a blower motor that pushes heated air through a network of air ducts and into your home.
Because forced-air furnaces are so common, the cost of installing a furnace is quite low. Furnaces are one of the most affordable heating systems available to modern homeowners.
If you don't have a lot of money in your budget but you don't want to compromise access to a reliable heat source within your home, then a traditional furnace can certainly meet your needs.