Designed to increase the temperature inside a house, home heating systems tap thermal energy from a fuel source, then transfer that energy to living spaces. Several types of systems can be used to provide heat to residential homes, with broad specific variations inside of each broad type. HVAC systems may share components with their home’s cooling equipment, some work independently of each other, while others provide both heating and cooling. Learn more about the most common types of heating systems below.
Forced Air Heating/Cooling Systems
Forced Air Heating/Cooling is a multipurpose HVAC that heats and cools quickly. Forced air systems adjust the air temperature of a room very quickly, and because air conditioning systems can share the same blower and ductwork, this is an efficient overall HVAC System. The typical cost of installing a new forced air HVAC system is generally between $5,000 and $10,000, however; this is based on the square footage of your home, and larger houses will require stronger units that may increase costs. These systems can last up to 25 years before needing replacement units.
Gravity Air Furnace Systems
As the predecessor of forced air systems, gravity air furnace systems are a good option for a long-lasting heating system with little maintenance. Gravity air furnaces also distribute air through a system of metal ducts—but rather than forcing the air via a blower, they operate by the simple physics of warm air rising and cool air sinking. Note that the temperature adjustments are slow because the systems operate by simple convection currents. Although no longer installed, the cost of maintaining them should be minimal. In many older homes, they continue to perform effectively.
In-Floor Radiant Heating Systems
Modern radiant is great for heating in regions with mild winters. The system involves plastic water tubing installed inside concrete slab floors or attached to the top or bottom of wood floors. Quiet, and generally energy-efficient, it tends to heat slower and takes longer to adjust than forced air heat, but the heat is more consistent. While maintenance can be difficult to reach the hidden pipes, the expected lifespan is several decades.
Traditional Boiler and Radiator Systems
Traditional boiler and radiator systems are best for whole-home radiant heat and include a central boiler that circulates steam or hot water through pipes to radiator units positioned around the house. Older homes and apartment buildings in the US and North America often are heated with these systems. The classic radiator is a cast-iron upright unit, usually located near windows. Expect to replace boilers and radiators about every 10 to 15 years, which typically costs between $3,500 – $4,000.
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