How to Pick the Best Heating System for Your New Home

by | Dec 1, 2017 | Heating and Air Conditioning

Part of building a new home is choosing a heating system. There are many options to choose from, and one might be better than another based on needs and cost. To choose the right heating installation for your needs, take into account the climate, the amount of money you wish to spend, and any specific needs for your household.

A furnace is the most common form of home heating system in the United States. They work by blowing warm air through ducts in each room via registers or grills. They are powered by gas, fuel oil, or electricity. Cost-effectiveness is based on the type of power used.

Heat Pumps
Heat pumps are a form of refrigeration, but not quite the same as air conditioners. Heat pumps transfer warm air from one space to another, either from the outside to the inside or vice versa. Heat pumps move heat but do not generate it and are powered by electricity. These are often more cost-effective than furnaces. Heat pumps are usually used in temperate climates, homes in areas where it gets very chilly may not be suitable.

Geothermal or ground source heat pumps use water and heat stored in the ground to heat a home. A piping system is buried in the ground and water circulates through, heating or cooling the residence. These systems are also used to heat water for home use. While these set-ups may cost more to install, they are very efficient at climate control.

Radiant Floor Heat
Hydronic floors are commonly used in residential construction. These floors use water flowing through pipes to heat ceramic or tile floors, which can get chilly in the winter. Radiant floor heat stirs up less dust and is cost-effective since there is no duct work that can leak warm air. Contact a professional mechanical contractor to discover which heating system is the best for your home.

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