So what type of heating system should you have? There are many variables for you to consider for your ideal system type. We would like to help you identify the perfect gas heater or electric heat source to meet your home and family’s needs. Finding the right gas heater or electric heat source involves choosing the right type of system for you. The correct system can assure your comfort, save fuel and energy, ultimately saving you money. The variables to consider are climate and location. To understand how climate and location should effect your choice, some understanding of the system type is necessary…
Furnaces are one of the most common home heating systems, and they work by blowing heated air through a duct system. Furnaces are typically referred to as “forced-air” heating systems and can run on different types of fuel, but natural gas, oil, and electricity are the most common sources of energy currently available. These heaters are common for colder climates.
Though sometimes the term “boiler” is used interchangeably with “furnace,” they are very different types of systems. Boilers heat water via natural gas, electricity, or propane—although the water doesn’t boil, as the name implies. Boilers heat water to provide warmth. and then distribute the heat via pipes to steam radiators, baseboard heaters, or radiant floor systems. This type of heating system is also common in cold climates.
Heat Pumps use refrigerant to absorb heat from outside sources—like the air, the ground, or even a body of water—and then use a heat exchanger to transfer it inside. (The exchange of heat can also be reversed to cool a home.) Primarily used in moderate climates, packaged and split heat pump systems do not create heat – but simply transfer it from one location to the other: From the outdoors to the indoors in the winter (heat), and vice-versa in the summer (air). Using electricity or natural gas, these systems also distribute heat via motorized blower and duct work.
Given all the attention being paid to solar power these days, you might be surprised to learn that one of the most promising solutions to high energy costs isn’t up in the sky but buried deep under your lawn. Superefficient geothermal heat pumps provide clean, quiet heating and cooling while cutting utility bills by up to 70 percent. Geothermal heat pumps work the same as standard options, but consistent of components buried deep in the ground to take advantage of the earth’s constant temperatures.
New Home or an Existing System
If you are building a new home you may choose any of the systems. However if you are dealing with an existing system it may be cost prohibitive to swap out a boiler system for a ducted furnace or vise -versa.
Which Utility is Best for Your Region
While natural gas remains the most widely-used home heating fuel in the U.S., this type of fuel may not be available in all areas. Homeowners without access to natural gas lines or those who prefer a different type of home heating fuel may turn to electricity to power home heating systems. Despite its high efficiency, electric heating often costs more to operate than a traditional gas furnace. Different regions also experience a range of price fluctuations in fuel sources depending on availability. Here is a general breakdown:
Electric heating systems tend to have lower purchase prices than gas options, as well as a lower risk to inhabitants (carbon monoxide). Electric systems tend to require less maintenance as well. They are, however, more expensive to operate over their lifespan.
Gas (Natural, Propane)
Gas heaters tend to be less expensive to operate due to lower fuel costs. They also perform better in extremely cold temperatures. On the downside, they require a larger initial investment, slightly longer installation times, and a bit more maintenance than electric heat systems to ensure safety.
Energy Star Tradmark is an international standard for energy efficient consumer products originated in the United States. It was created in 1992 by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy. For the utmost in energy savings, look for gas heat and electric heat systems bearing the Energy Star label. A little extra initial investment offers:
- AFUE ratings of 87% or greater for oil boilers and 90% or greater for gas boilers. Check out Energy Star’s 2016 list of most efficient boiler models.
- Energy Star certified gas furnaces used in northern locales are up to 16% more efficient than baseline models.
- Energy Star’s most efficient heat pumps have higher ratings for seasonal energy efficiency ratio (SEER), energy efficiency ratio (EER), and heating seasonal performance factor (HSPF), using about 5% percent less energy than baseline models.
- Energy Star geothermal units are over 45% more energy efficient than standard options.
Heating systems will affect how you feel in your home during the cold months as much as they’ll affect your pocketbook. Before picking a brand or even an installation company, it’s a good idea to answer some questions about what you want out of your heater.
- How much heat do you want your system to produce?
- How extreme are your winters?
- How important is energy efficiency to you?
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