How to Determine the Best Home Heating System for YouOf all the decisions you make as a homeowner, few impact your comfort and budget as much as home heating systems. The two most common types include forced-air furnaces and heat pumps, along with radiant heating systems. Both provide comfortable and dependable home heating, but one may be better than the other based on the layout of your home or family health circumstances.

The pros and cons of each type include:

Forced-Air Furnaces

These are the most common types of heating systems used throughout the U.S., almost all of which use natural gas as fuel.

Pros:

  • They heat homes quickly, are relatively easy to install, and dependable.
  • Natural gas, propane and fuel oil are readily available.
  • Filter airborne particulates from the air whenever they run.

Cons:

  • Byproducts include carbon monoxide (CO) and other hazardous gases.
  • Objects in rooms absorb the heat more slowly than with radiant heating.
  • Fans in the blower compartment and air blowing through the ducts may be noisy.

Heat Pumps

Heat pumps are another option for using forced-air systems. Instead of using gas or fuel oil, they extract heat from the outdoor air and provide adequate heat until temperatures fall below freezing.

Pros:

  • Most energy efficient and cost-effective way to heat with electricity
  • Provide air conditioning as well as heat.
  • Safe, since they release no combustion byproducts.

Cons:

Radiant Heating Systems

Radiant home heating systems use boilers fueled by gas, oil or even wood to create steam or hot water that goes through a network of piping or tubing placed in floors or walls.

Pros:

  • Even, steady heat.
  • Easy to control temperatures in each room using individual thermostats.
  • Quiet operation.
  • Don’t blow air.

Cons:

  • Can be expensive to install in existing homes.
  • Homes are slow to heat when the system is first started in the fall.

Choosing among the home heating systems takes time and it isn’t always a do-it-yourself project. Our pros can help you decide which works best for you by contacting Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing, serving homeowners in Grand Traverse County and the surrounding areas.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about home heating systems and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 231-714-6196.

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