The winter months can be a brutal time to be out doing such things as running errands or going to work. That is why it is always so wonderful for the owners of a home to return to a nice comfortable and warm house to make them feel better. People may not realize it but different types of home heating systems actually warm homes using different characteristics. Here is an overview of some of the most common types of home heatingsystems and the important characteristics of each.
Wood is among the least popular home heating sources in North America but it does have its advantages; for one, it is one of the least expensive types of heating, especially if the trees that supply this type of heat are cut down by the owners themselves. It is also a heat source that provides a long lasting type of heat when it forms coals after it is burned. Among its drawbacks are that there is no way to set it up so that the wood can feed itself into the system to be burned; this must always be done by hand.
Electric heat usually comes in the form of baseboard heating or portable space heaters. These types of systems are fairly inexpensive to install but they are also among the most expensivehome heating energy sources to produce heat. Another drawback with electrically produced heat is that is does not distribute itself well all around the rooms its placed in.
Most HVAC units will use gas or oil as the source of heat that they distribute. They are one of the most popular types of heating systems in North America. As the name indicates, they often have air conditioning systems that are attached to them also. They tend to be one of the more expensive systems to purchase and install because of the extensive ductwork that is involved but their energy efficiency will more than make up for this additional cost over their useful life. They use forced air to move the heat into different areas of the house so the heated air tends to completely fill the rooms it enters. These systems also go a long way toward improving the air quality in a home because the forced air passes through filters.
A boiler is very similar to an HVAC system in that it usually uses gas or oil to produce heat; however, it uses water to distribute the heat throughout a home instead of forced air. These types of home heating systems are very popular throughout Europe and if the system is designed right they do a nice job of spreading their heat throughout the rooms that are heated by them.
Solar is one of the least used types of home heating sources. It is best used as a supplemental heating source that saves the home owner a lot of money at the times it is able to be used (obviously if there is no sun there is no heat being produced). It distributes the heat it produces in almost the same manner that a boiler home heating system does.
So this list can be used as a guideline the next time someone is shopping for a new system to provide them with home heating.