Last week we shared with you some indicators that it may be time to replace your heater. However, before you do so, it’s important to know your options. There’s been many advances in HVAC technology and while your current heating system may have worked great for the time being, there may be something much more efficient for you. Are you aware of the various heating systems available to you today?
Boilers are highly durable—with gas boilers typically boasting a longer lifespan than any other type of system—and provide reliable heating evenly throughout your home. If you don’t already have a boiler, you’ll need to inquire as to whether or not your existing heating controls will be compatible.
Furnaces today are much more efficient than furnaces of the past. This is especially true if your current furnace is over 10 years old. A furnace may be your best choice if you already have existing ductwork in your home. In some cases, a furnace can be the most affordable option as far as your initial purchase.
A heat pump uses existing heat in the air to help heat your home. It uses the same technology to cool your home down in the summer, making this system highly versatile and efficient. Additionally, heat pumps are ideal for year-round comfort. When choosing a heat pump, you’ll want to keep its SEER or HSPF ratio in mind. These are the efficiency rating given to these appliances.
Geothermal heat pumps use the constant temperature of the earth as the exchange medium instead of the outside air temperature. This allows them to be much more efficient than conventional air-source heating systems.
Ductless heating is a great option for small homes, or homes that don’t already have ductwork installed. They offer homeowners the ability to heat (and cool!) specific zones of their home to the exact temperature they desire. Ductless heating is ideal for homes with multiple occupants.
Although not a new concept, radiant heating has become an innovative way to heat homes, using either hydronic or electric piping under the floor. Radiant heating is best for homes that are being newly constructed or remodeled.