Different Types of Home Heating Systems

Different Types of Home Heating Systems

Here in California, we are blessed with warm and temperate weather for most of the year. But for those few months of winter, you’re going to need some sort of heating system to keep your house comfortable. The type of system you have in your home could depend on your house’s age and what is available in the area. Here’s a list of the most common home heating systems so that you can choose which one is right for you.

Forced Air Systems

Also called central heat, this is the most popular home heating system because it utilizes the same ductwork you have for your air conditioning. It starts with a furnace powered by either natural gas, propane, oil, or electricity. A blower fan then forces the hot air with a series of ductwork and vents. This system is efficient and affordable but can cause issues for people with airborne allergies.

Radiant Heat Systems

Radiant heat systems rely on water to transfer heat through your house. Fueled by either natural gas, propane, or electricity, a boiler will warm up water and pipe it through plastic tubing in the floor. Heat will then radiate up and warm the floor and furniture. This type of heating generally takes longer but produces a more even and consistent heat.

Steam Radiant Heat Systems

Typically seen in older homes, this traditional heating system involves a boiler and a radiator. Fueled by either natural gas, propane, oil, or sometimes electricity, the boiler will heat up water to create steam that is transported to a system of radiators. These upright cast-iron radiators are usually positioned by windows and emit heat into the room. The steam is then condensed, cooled, and transported back to the boiler where it is reheated. This type of steam system creates a comfortable, moist heat that won’t dry out the air; however, the radiators are unsightly and can be expensive to replace. 

Electric Heat Systems

If a house doesn’t have easy access to fuel, electric heat systems may be the only option. Some people opt for individual units for each room but the most common setup is floor baseboards. You can control these baseboards with a thermostat. Electric systems are the most expensive heating system to run but they are easy and inexpensive to install. Some people choose to use them as supplemental heating for finished basements or spare rooms.

Gas Fireplaces

If you’re looking to add a little ambiance to your home while also providing a supplemental heat source, a gas fireplace is the perfect choice. Unlike traditional wood-burning fireplaces and stoves, a gas fireplace relies on a gas line instead of wood. An artificial wood facade creates the same look and feel like the real thing but is more safe, efficient, and eco-friendly. You can even use it when the power goes out!

Heat Pump Systems

The newest and most efficient technology in the HVAC industry is the heat pump. The pump uses refrigerant and electricity to extract heat from the outdoor air or ground and then distributes it. It can also be reversed to provide cool air. Because the system doesn’t generate its own heat/air, it works best in temperate climates.

Active Solar Heating Systems

Solar heating systems are ideal for areas that are both sunny and cool. Using exterior solar panels, the system harnesses power from the sun to heat a fluid that is stored for later use. This new, eco-friendly system can be piped into existing radiators, radiant heat systems, or even heat pumps. It is expensive to install but it’s very inexpensive to run. Some states even offer tax credits or deductions for installing a solar system.

Stephens Plumbing Services Different Types of Home Heating Systems

Whether you need an existing system repaired or would like a new heating system installed, Stephens Plumbing can do it.  Our well-trained and trusted technicians are available 24/7 and ready to answer any questions you may have about different kinds of home heating systems. In addition to heating, our HVAC services also include air conditioning and air purification. You can trust Stephens Plumbing to keep your home warm and comfortable this winter and all year long.