Many homeowners are unsure about which heating system is right for them. They hear terms such as "forced air furnace," "heat pump," or "boiler" and they are thoroughly confused. We understand that choosing the right heating system for your home is a major decision. This is why we are here to give you a little bit of clarity when it comes to the differences between the various types.
First, one of the most common heating systems on the market is the forced air gas furnace. This system takes in natural gas, or propane, and ignites it internally. The heated air is then pushed through ductwork throughout the home. This heating system's efficiency depends on the quality of the equipment that is being used. Older furnace systems typically have an eighty percent efficiency rating while modern furnaces have ninety to ninety-five percent efficiency.
Next, heat pumps are also a common heating system in many places throughout the United States. Heat pumps work on a different premise than furnaces in that the burning of oil or gas is not used to generate heat. Instead, refrigerant and electricity are used to transfer heat from outdoors to the inside of a house.
Lastly, boilers are still a common choice depending on where you live. Boilers heat water and produce steam which is then routed through the house via pipes and into radiators. The radiators heat up from the hot steam. This is what gives your house heat if you have a boiler. Boiler technology for consumers is pretty antiquated, and many homeowners are choosing to replace their boiler with a heat pump or a gas or oil furnace.
We hope that the information that we gave you helps to clear up any confusion that you may have when choosing which heating system is right for you. If you have any other questions feel free to give us a call at Hoffman Cooling & Heating. We would be happy to help you find a cost-effective solution for all of your heating needs.