Unfortunately, there’s no real right answer to this question. The better question to ask is, “which is the best type of heating system for my home specifically.” See! Now we’re getting somewhere. Let’s start by taking a look at the heating options we have to choose from.
4 Common Types of Home Heating Systems:
- Forced Air – This is the most common type of home heating system by far. With forced air, the air is first warmed in a furnace and then distributed throughout the home through air ducts. The advantage here is that you’re able to have an all-in-one central heating and cooling system. The drawback is that ductwork can take up valuable crawlspace.
- Radiant Heat – Most commonly radiant heat is installed under tile floor to keep toes toasty. Water is heated by a boiler and distributed through hot water tubing, allowing the heat to radiate downward or upward. Unfortunately, this method can be slow to heat up, so it’s not great as the sole heating source for a large space.
- Hydronic Heat – You may know of this type of heat as baseboard heating, instead. Like radiant heat, baseboard heating uses hot water heated by a boiler to distribute warmth throughout a home. The key here is the fins within the baseboard units. By increasing surface area, they help heat to disperse faster and more evenly.
- Steam Heat – Those who grew up with steam heat swear by it, and for good reason. Steam heat is known for heating quickly and evenly. The drawbacks though, are the clunky cast-iron radiators and the hissing and clanking noises that come from them.
Which heating system is right for you and your family? If you’re looking for an expert opinion, just Call Dean’s! With the convenience of our three locations in Minnesota, there’s no plumbing, heating or cooling question we can’t answer.
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