While many homes in Texas utilize heat pumps and central heat furnaces, there are also some other heating options available for you to choose from. By being aware of some of the different types of heaters and how they work, you can ultimately decide which option is best for your home. Here is a list of the different types of heaters and how they work.
Central Heat Furnaces
A central heat furnace is probably the most common type of heater found in North American homes. These furnaces work by blowing heated air through ducts which vent the air out to various rooms throughout your home. A central heat furnace can be powered by gas or electricity, depending on the utility access on your property.
Central heat furnaces are effective at keeping your home comfortable and are also quite energy-efficient, making them a popular choice amongst homeowners. They do require extensive ductwork and ventilation systems to circulate air, however, so if you don’t have any ductwork in place, you may need some costly retrofitting done.
Another potential home heating option is the traditional boiler, which operates by passing water through radiators and heating the water to the boiling point. From there, heat radiates and warms the home. A boiler can be powered by oil or natural gas and doesn’t require any ductwork in place. However, some homeowners are against boilers as a heating option because each individual room needs to have at least one radiator, and these can be an eyesore and take up valuable square footage.
A very popular option among Texas homeowners is the heat pump, as it can be used year-round to keep your home more comfortable. It can be helpful to think of a heat pump as a two-way air conditioner that moves heat out of your home during the hotter months of summer and pulls heat into your home during the cooler months.
Oftentimes, a heat pump is used in conjunction with a traditional central heat furnace to provide the best level of comfort at the highest efficiency. It is important to understand that, like a central heat furnace, a heat pump does require existing ductwork and ventilation systems to be in place; otherwise, they will need to be retrofitted.
Ductless heating and cooling systems are gaining popularity across the United States and are more-or-less “the norm” in most other countries. These systems work by carrying hot or cold air (depending on the time of year) into the home using electricity. The main benefit of a ductless system is that it doesn’t require any air ducts to be run through your home.
Another benefit to consider with a ductless system is the potential for greater energy efficiency. These systems can be created to control the temperature in individual rooms rather than using a thermostat to set the temperature for your entire house. As a result, you can save energy by not heating or cooling unused rooms, thus cutting back on your energy bills.
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