A heating system is a mechanism for maintaining acceptable higher temperature by using certain thermal energy in a limit space, such as a house, office, or plant.
There are several types of heating systems in US home and light commercial buildings. The most popular space heating systems are forced air furnaces, boilers and electric heating and heat pumps. Choose the right type of heating system can have a significant impact on not only overall energy cost bills but also comfort environment as well.
Frequently Asked Questions
Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) is a number that rates the efficiency of a gas furnace heating system. The higher the AFUE rating is, the more efficient the unit.
If you see electrical bill jumps you might have electrical heating system air handler. If the gas numbers when heating is on, you might have gas furnace. If you have radiator in your rooms you may have boiler heating system. If your outside unit runs when you turn heating on, you might have heat pump system installed.
Carbon monoxide is a byproduct of burning fuel to heat your home. Carbon monoxide is Odorless, colorless and very deadly. If you have any wood, charcoal, gasoline, kerosene, oil, natural gas, or propane gas as energy source you should have a carbon monoxide monitor installed to monitor its level.
When you buy a house the builder has already chosen the heating system for you. But you have the choice to pick up your own heating system when you replace an old heating system (or AC cooling system) in your home or build a new home. Energy sources availability and efficiency are important factors when pick up the right heating systems. The cheaper of energy costs and the higher efficiency the lower of the utility bills in the long run. Understanding the heating system types, how they work and properly maintaining will not only extend heating system life but also lower heating cost in the winter time.
Click each heating system type to see the principle and the pros, the cons of each type.
Furnaces, Boiler, Heat Pump, Electric Heating, Geothermal Heating, Fireplace, etc.