Heating systems wear out, and you have to replace yours when it does. You get better, more efficient equipment, but it might be challenging to make up your mind about which type to buy with endless options in the market. To avoid buying the wrong heater, hire a residential heating systems expert to guide you, especially if you don't know where to start. Below are a few suggestions you will come across when shopping for a residential heater.
Getting the Furnace
A furnace works by transmitting warm air from the duct system through the grills. The fuel sources that the system uses are oil, natural gas, or electricity. Air is needed to burn the fuel from the heat exchanger and into the ductwork system for the first two fuel options: oil and natural gas. The system eliminates the by-products through a flue pipe. The best part about furnaces is they are quick to adjust temperatures. They are also very efficient as they share the same ductwork and blower with ACs. Talk to your residential heating systems expert if this sounds like your ideal choice.
Choosing the Boiler Heating System
A boiler uses gas, oil, or electricity to warm your home by heating water in a tank before distributing the heat through radiators. However, other models keep the water hot throughout. A boiler usually has radiators allocated for each room and is controlled separately. Therefore, you get to determine the amount of heat for each room. Residential heating systems experts say that boilers consume less fuel, making them energy-efficient. They are also not as noisy as furnace heaters. However, since boilers do not share the same ductwork as cooling systems, their efficiency depends on the installation. Additionally, installing them may be a bit costly.
Going for the Portable Heater
Portable heaters are also available for those who prefer a free-standing option. That is, you do not have to mount them on your window. They are also pretty lightweight thus can be moved from one room to another. Portable heaters have two pipes to eliminate cold indoor air. The first one takes in the unwanted air, while a second pipe discards it outside. Though portable, their heating capacity is not as high as the other two mentioned above.
As said earlier, shopping for the ideal heater might be challenging for the homeowner. However, consulting a residential heating systems professional will make the experience more bearable and less time-consuming.