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Types of Heating Systems

Boilers Boilers are Special-Purpose Water Heaters
Boilers Boilers are Special-Purpose Water Heaters

Steam boilers operate at a higher temperature than hot water boilers, and are inherently less efficient, but high-efficiency versions of all types of furnaces and boilers are currently available. To learn more about furnaces, boilers and other types of home heating systems, explore our Energy Saver 101 infographic on home heating.

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Built-in Electric Units
Built-in Electric Units

Electric resistance heating is 100% energy efficient in the sense that all the incoming electric energy is converted to heat. However, most electricity is produced from coal, gas, or oil generators that convert only about 30% of the fuel's energy into electricity. Because of electricity generation and transmission losses, electric heat is often more expensive than heat produced in homes or businesses that use combustion appliances, such as natural gas, propane, and oil furnaces.

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Central Warm-air Furnace
Central Warm-air Furnace

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Electric Space Heaters
Electric Space Heaters

Room heaters can consist of electric baseboard heaters, electric wall heaters, electric radiant heat, or electric space heaters. It is also possible to use electric thermal storage systems to avoid heating during times of peak power demand.

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Fireplaces
Fireplaces

Heating system controls regulate when the various components of the heating system turn on and off. The most important control from your standpoint is the thermostat, which turns the system — or at least the distribution system — on and off to keep you comfortable.

Floor, Wall, or Pipeless Furnace
Floor, Wall, or Pipeless Furnace

Pipeless Floor and Wall Furnaces A pipeless furnace (Figure 10-8) is commonly a gravity warm-air furnace installed in a central location beneath the floor. A single grille for the warm air and a return is provided for air circulation.

Furnaces
Furnaces

Our gas furnaces and other Carrier heating systems offer energy efficient heat for your home, and constant air circulation all year long Contact us today!

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Gas-Fired Space Heaters
Gas-Fired Space Heaters

Direct Gas-Fired Air Heating Systems Page 5 of 19 ©2005, Hastings HVAC, Inc. Geoffrey W. McLean, PE Space Heating: A Direct Gas-Fired Heating System may be used as a primary or secondary source to heat a building space. When used for this application, a room thermostat controls unit outlet air temperature.

Geothermal Heating
Geothermal Heating

A dual-source heat pump combines an air-source heat pump with a geothermal heat pump. These appliances combine the best of both systems. Dual-source heat pumps have higher efficiency ratings than air-source units, but are not as efficient as geothermal units.

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Heat Pump (non-Geothermal)
Heat Pump (non-Geothermal)

Geothermal heating and cooling systems take advantage of the stable temperature underground using a piping system, commonly referred to as a “loop.” Water circulates in the loop to exchange heat between your home, the ground source heat pump, and the earth, providing geothermal heating, cooling, and hot water at remarkably high efficiencies.

Heat Pumps
Heat Pumps

A heat pump, as part of a central heating and cooling system, uses the outside air to both heat a home in winter and cool it in summer. what is a heat pump? Technically, a heat pump is a mechanical-compression cycle refrigeration system that can be reversed to either heat or cool a controlled space.

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Heating Stove
Heating Stove

Central Heat Furnaces. The majority of North American households depend on a central furnace to provide heat. A furnace works by blowing heated air through ducts that deliver the warm air to rooms throughout the house via air registers or grills. This type of heating system is called a ducted warm-air or forced warm-air distribution system.

Natural gas Heating
Natural gas Heating

Combination systems are designed primarily for use as a forced air heating system but can also be adapted for some hydronic baseboard systems. A natural gas burner heats water to be used and stores it in a tank, just like a regular water heater.

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Oil Heating
Oil Heating

Fact: Heating oil systems have a longer life. The average life expectancy of an oil heat appliance is 30 or more years if they are properly maintained. The average life expectancy of a natural gas furnace is only 11-14 years. And, the efficiency ratings of new heating oil systems range from 83% to 95%.

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Room Heater
Room Heater

Ductless systems use a refrigerant called R410A, which is known for its zero ozone depletion potential. This means the system will have less impact on the environment throughout its lifecycle. Ductless cooling and heating systems are energy efficient, environmentally friendly and completely customizable.

Solar Heating
Solar Heating

Contact Dr. Energy Saver today to get a professional assessment of your home's potential for solar heating.

Steam or hot-Water System
Steam or hot-Water System

Steam and Boiler Heating Systems by HomeAdvisor Boilers and radiators are not often installed in new homes, but many older residences still feature this type of heating system. Furthermore, because this type of heating works well in multi-residence situations and larger buildings, steam heating and hot-water heating are still common in many apartment buildings, multi-family dwellings, and older business buildings.

Unvented Gas-Fired Heaters: A Bad Idea
Unvented Gas-Fired Heaters: A Bad Idea

Unvented Gas-Fired Heaters: A Bad Idea. Gas or kerosene space heaters that do not have an exhaust vent have been sold for decades, but we strongly discourage their use for health and safety reasons.

Wood Heating
Wood Heating

Heating system controls regulate when the various components of the heating system turn on and off. The most important control from your standpoint is the thermostat, which turns the system — or at least the distribution system — on and off to keep you comfortable.

Wood-Burning and Pellet Stoves
Wood-Burning and Pellet Stoves

Pellet Stoves. Pellet stoves are free standing heat systems. They can be installed in almost any room and are best used as a secondary focal point, meaning you may have another focal point in the room like an entertainment center, library, or picture windows. They can be installed against a flat wall or in a corner.