Your home heating needs are unique, based on where you live and what kind of house you have. Heating systems come in different sizes, supply heat to your space differently and are powered by various resources. Can’t decide which heating system is right for you? At Air Tech of Humble, we’ve designed this guide to make sense of your home heating system options.
Both furnaces and boilers are referred to as central heating systems. This is because the source of heat is produced in one central area and then sent throughout the home. Furnaces send heated air through a series of ducts, which, if powered with gas, can also be used to carry cool conditioned air in the summer. For this reason, this type of forced air distribution system is the most popular heater choice. Boilers work differently, sending heated water or steam through pipes to warm up your space. This kind of heating system is very effective and allows for zoned heating but they are a more serious investment.
Hybrid heating systems combine a heat pump and a gas furnace. Heat pumps utilize refrigerant and electricity to supply heat or air conditioning to your home. Since heat pumps only work best as heaters in areas with mild winters, they are not recommended for areas that experience freezing winter temperatures. With a hybrid system, however, your gas furnace will turn on to heat your house when it gets too cold for the heat pump to supply sufficient warmth. In essence, a hybrid heating system allows your home to be cooled with a heat pump and warmed by a furnace.
Ductless mini-split units allow a home to be divided into different zones and heated via different thermostats. This is a great option if your home is multilevel or has unused rooms. The ideal temperature can be achieved without committing to the same temperature throughout the entire house.
This type of system heats your home primarily through the floor but can also be installed in the walls or ceiling. This is one of the most unique types of heater installation. Hot water or electric heat travels through a series of special tubes to carry warmth throughout the area. Electricity, oil, gas or propane can be used to power this type of heating system.
Baseboard heaters are usually reserved for add-on areas or as supplemental heating. This is a great option if your home has space without ductwork. Since baseboard heaters don’t require ductwork, they are one of the easiest heating systems to install.
Understanding various furnace installation options can help you make the right decision for your home and family. Winters in Humble may be milder than other areas of the country, but that doesn’t mean you and yours have to go without a cozy space. If you’ve been putting off committing to a heater replacement or it’s time for routine maintenance, contact Air Tech of Humble today – where your comfort is our priority!