Homeowners don’t often think about the type of heating system they have until it comes time to replace it. When they replace their old heating system, they often purchase a newer version of the same type of system without considering whether a different one might be better. This guide covers seven types of heating systems and tells you everything you need to know about picking the right type for your Fayetteville, NC, home.
Combined Heat and Power (CHP)
This isn’t common in the United States and is still under investigation in other countries, but it would be an excellent choice for houses made from solid stone or brick. The premise of this heating option is that a small generator provides some of the electricity for the home. It then recovers the waste heat, which is a little more than 70% of the heating value, to heat the home and make hot water.
With central heating, a single unit supplies heat and circulates it through either the ceiling or floor. In some cases, the whole system would be an HVAC system responsible for heating, cooling and ventilation. One downside to central heat that people don’t like is that it also heats unoccupied rooms when there’s no need, which leads to wasted heat energy.
Outside of North America, ductless heating options are relatively rare. These systems distribute energy through refrigerant lines rather than air or water. They’re very cost-effective, heat the home evenly and are quieter than baseboard and wall heaters.
Ductless heating systems also provide cooling during the summer months. It’s easy to install these systems, which service technicians can often complete in half a day.
Fireplaces, along with serving as part of the home’s decor, are a source of heat for the family, albeit not a very effective one for an entire house. It generally loses more heat than it provides unless it has a sealed glass door and a good damper.
Fireplaces are an excellent choice for people who wish to lower their heating costs. Still, they’re often a low return on investment, and there are potential safety hazards when using a fireplace.
Geothermal heating and cooling systems are far more efficient, need little maintenance and have a lifespan of 30 years or more. These systems capture the heat from the Earth and distribute it throughout the home. They’re four times as efficient as traditional HVAC systems, and there’s often a significant reduction in energy bills, depending on how well insulated the home.
Some benefits of geothermal are that it’s not dependent upon weather conditions as solar and wind are. It moves heat that already exists rather than creating heat. Downsides of geothermal energy include the high upfront costs of installation and damage to the loops from tree roots or rodents that can be difficult and expensive to repair.
Wood-Burning and Pellet Stoves
Wood-burning stoves are an excellent choice for those who live in rural areas or areas with high heating costs. Homeowners need a place to store the wood they’ll use during the colder months and a knowledge of how to operate the stove and damper.
Pellet stoves burn either biomass pellets or compressed wood to create heat. The burning of the biomass pellets for compressed wood produces a constant flame that doesn’t need that much adjusting.
Pellet stoves run on electricity, which wood-burning stoves don’t. The need for electricity provides a disadvantage to pellet stoves when the electricity goes out.
Do you need a new heating system in Fayetteville, NC, and you’re not sure which one to pick? Give us a call. We provide our customers with information about different heating system options to keep them warm during the winter months. Contact Bass Air Conditioning Company so you’re not shivering in the cold this winter.
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