There are all kinds of ways to heat your house out there. If you aren't sure what kind you want to go with, you should talk to a heating contractor and they can help you make the decision as to what kind will work best for you. So, what are some of the choices you have?
Forced Air Heating
This is a pretty common kind of heating system. You have a furnace with a blower attached to it. When the furnace turns on, it heats up the air in the system, and then the blower turns on and starts blowing the hot air through the duct system and out through the heating vents, which can be in the floor or in the wall. Forced air furnaces can be gas or electric or powered by something like propane or K1.
Forced Water Heating
With forced water heating, the furnace is actually a boiler. When the thermostat triggers the furnace to turn on, a pump takes the heated water and pushes it out through radiators. The radiators can either be thin copper tubes that are surrounded by metal fins that run along the baseboards and radiate heat out into the rest of the room, or they can look like the more traditional style, larger radiators. This kind of heating can also be done by steam that will run through the same kinds of radiators and heat the room up in the same way. These heating systems are more common in places with longer or more severe winters because they can be a little more energy efficient, and the heat tends to be a more steady kind of heat. Also, since the radiators are made out of metal, they will continue to radiate out heat into the rest of the room until they have cooled down.
Another option is to go with something like underfloor radiant heating. This type of heating has small tubes that carry hot water wound through the floor or electrical filaments. When the thermostat senses that it's time for more heat, the tubes either get some hot water flowing through them, or the filaments turn on. They heat up the floor over them, which then heats up the air over the floor, heating up the room.
If you are trying to figure out what kind of heating system you should put in your new house, the best thing you can do is to talk to a heating contractor because they can help you figure out what your best choice is.
My name is Maura, and I am certified in HVAC installation and repair. I have many clients who call me in a panic because they have turned on their air conditioners and nothing has happened. Your air conditioning technician will get to you as soon as possible, but there are some steps you can take while you are waiting. You might just find that you are able to fix the problem on your own, although you will still want to have a professional assess the situation. In this blog I will take you through some common reasons your air conditioner might not be working and show you some easy temporary solutions.