Perhaps you are finding yourself at the point of needing to replace your old furnace or heater. You’ve gotten all the use you could out of her and now it’s time for something new. Here is a quick list of your various home heating system options.
A furnace is the popular choice for home heating by most homeowners. Powered by gas, electricity, oil or propane, a furnace uses a fan to drive hot air through your ductwork and into your home.
The biggest issue with these types of forced air systems is their efficiency. Also, the ductwork needs to be kept sealed or your heat gets lost.
Another reason for their popularity is because they can also be used for central air conditioning in the summer as well.
A boiler works by heating hot water and then distributing it to radiators, baseboard units or radiant heat tubes that can be placed under the floor. Though not as popular as furnaces, a boiler system can be very efficient and makes an excellent choice if you do not need central air.
The drawback is the cost of installing radiant heat in the floor.
Electric baseboard heaters are another home heating option to consider. They are easy to install and can be used as necessary. The biggest drawback is the cost of electricity in powering them. It is so much higher than natural gas.
Other Heating Options
Fireplaces, wood stoves, space heaters and kerosene heaters are also available options in heating your home this winter. They can be very cost effective, but need adequate ventilation and caution in using them.