Three Different Heating System Options for Your Home

You’ve spent hours of time after work and on the weekends doing battle with it, and you’ve called countless repairmen who have all failed to completely fix the problem.  You may not want to hear the truth, but here it is anyway: it’s time to buy a new heater.  Since buying a new heater can be costly and take a lot of time, some people will go to ridiculous lengths to avoid having to look for a new heating system.  It is possible to find an affordable new heater in a short amount of time; you just have to know what kind of heater you’re looking for.  There are many different kinds of heating systems available, but the following three may appeal to you the most.


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Radiant Heating System

Radiant heating is one of the simplest and oldest forms of heating known to man.  You could view our sun as part of a large and complex radiant heat system since the light and energy that radiates from the star heats our planet.  Today many radiant heat systems use hot water to generate heat.  Embedded tubing in the floors (or walls or ceiling) distributes hot water throughout the system in order to warm the building.  Radiant heating systems can give your home comfortable and even heat, but repairs and maintenance can be difficult to do since it’s hard to access the hidden piping system.

Forced Air System

Forced air systems are the most popular heating system, mainly since it’s simple and relatively easy to maintain.  If you’re using a forced air system for heat, air would be heated in a furnace then distributed through ductwork and into various rooms by registers.  These systems are commonly powered by electricity, but they could also easily be powered by oil, propane, or natural gas.  The forced air system is versatile and can be used for cooling, which many other heating systems can’t be used for.  The main drawback of the forced air system is that it requires air filtration and maintenance, and the furnace and cooling fans can be loud.

Geothermal Heating System

Geothermal heating is a relatively new kind of heating system, but people are already eager to use it.  Geothermal heating systems use geothermal pumps to generate heat.  The heat pump takes heat from one source and deposits it in another location.  Ground loop geothermal systems have the ability to both take and deposit heat into the earth with the help of a ground loop pipe.   If you’re looking for an energy efficient heating system that can save you money, a geothermal system would be your best option.  The EPA estimates that a geothermal heat pump can save 30%-70% on home heating costs. Installing a geothermal system is complicated and the process could take months, so don’t expect your new system to be up and running a few days.  If money is an issue for you it would be best to go with another heating system, geothermal heating systems can cost thousands of dollars.

So, if you’re in the market for an affordable heater, keep these three reliable, popular and affordable heaters in mind.

Jennifer De Shields is a professional content writer who has written about a variety of subjects.

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