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How to Select the Best Heating System for Your Home

heating_systemsTechnological advancements have made things better not only in the commercial sector, but also in the residential sector. Thanks to these advancements, there are now more efficient and effective HVAC equipment that property owners can install in their premises. However, because of the various choices available in the market today, it has become a daunting task for most homeowners to choose an appropriate heating system for their homes.

Having a good grip of the different types of heating systems in the market as well as their pros and cons will help you evaluate the system that fits your specific heating needs best. Discussed below are the different types of heaters in the HVAC market today.


Furnaces are the most commonly used heating systems in most homes. They force heated air to flow through different ducts within the home. The furnace can be fueled by natural gas, electricity or oil. The wide availability of this type of heating system means that you will always have experienced technicians to help you in case the system develops a defect.

When purchasing a new unit, always ensure that the Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE) rating of the unit is at least 80. The higher the AFUE rating, the more energy efficient the unit is, and the more the money you will save on heating costs.

Apart from being widely available and being more efficient, they can also be retrofitted to clean the air in your indoor space.

Please note that when using furnaces, you require ducts and in case of gas leaks, it can be really dangerous.


Boilers heat water before that water is pumped to the different parts of the home in order to radiate the heat gained by the water. Boiler systems are very popular because they are unlikely to spread any allergens within the home.

This system also requires less space during installation when compared to using a furnace. In addition, they are very energy efficient and the radiant system of heating can be controlled and monitored room-to-room.

Heat Pumps

Heat pumps rely on a refrigerant to transfer heat from one location to another. For instance, the heat pump can transfer heat from external air or the ground and take it into your home.

The chief advantage of this system is that it can be installed to work all year round. This is because the system is capable of reversing its operation so that heat from your home is channeled outside in order to cool the interior of the home. However, the effectiveness of heat pumps may drop in case extreme conditions (hot or cold) exist in your area.

As you can see, each of the options above has its merits and demerits. It may therefore be prudent for you to talk to a  HVAC expert so that he can help you select the best option to fit your home’s specific needs.