Heat is one of the essential utilities that occur in a home. Depending on your needs and preferences, there are many different ways to heat a home to choose from. There are seven heating methods
1. Gas furnace
The gas furnace is one of the most popular heating options in North America. It burns natural gas to create a heat source and blows heat into your home through a series of ducts and grills in a method called central heating. A furnace heat exchanger is an important piece of any furnace. A heat exchanger is a sealed chamber that contains several tubes within the furnace, which are heated by flame and then transfer that heat to the air in your home.
2. Oil Furnace
Like gas furnaces, oil furnaces burn fossil fuels to produce heat and heat their home with a central heating method. Oil furnaces are less efficient and less clean than gas furnaces, so they do not spread widely. They are found in older homes in northeastern North America, for the most part. Apart from the fuel they burn, oil furnaces are similar to gas furnaces. Although they will also have furnace heat exchangers, it is important to remember that the size and shape of the heat exchanger will vary depending on the size and type of furnace you choose.
3. Wooden Stove
Wood stoves are ideal heating methods on rural or wood properties. Wood is cheaper than many other fuel sources, especially if you cut your own. Keep in mind that burning wood can be a source of pollution, so other alternatives to stove fuel have been developed. You can invest in a burning pellet stove, which causes less pollution and allows more temperature control.
The fireplace is a method of heating and doubling as a piece of decoration. They have been in use for centuries and may look very aesthetically pleasing, but are not the most efficient heat source for the entire home. In most modern homes, if they have fireplaces, place them in only one room, such as a family room. If you have the right seals, such as a chimney damper and a well-built glass door, then the fireplace can be quite efficient and provide extra heat to the room that is installed in it. However, fireplaces work best as a method to provide extras. One way to heat your entire home is to heat an area, like a space heater.
A boiler uses water or steam to distribute heat throughout the house instead of air but still burns gas or oil as a fuel or heat source. Gas is the preferred fuel source in the US because it provides a greater and even lower risk of contaminating the water. Hot water is sent throughout the house through a system of radiators and pipes. Unlike central air systems, it is very easy to set different temperatures for different rooms in your home with boiler systems. This is called zone heating.
6. Heat Pump
A heat pump, also called a two-way air conditioner, forces a house that has a forced warm-air delivery. In winter, the pump draws heat from the outside and pushes it into the house, while in summer, it draws heat from the house and expands it outside to cool the interior. The two most common heat pump types are ground-source and air-source. Ground-source heat pumps exchange heat with the ground under the house, and are more efficient, albeit more expensive and more difficult to install. Air-source heat pumps exchange with the air around the house. While less efficient, air-source heat pumps are much cheaper and easier to install.
7. Radiant Floor Heating
A relatively novel method, radiant floor heating uses a series of pipes under the floor to circulate hot water. This water heats the floor and spreads to the room air. The heat source is usually a boiler. This method can be quite expensive and difficult to install but is also considered highly efficient and easy to adjust and control.
Each of these methods has its pros and cons, so your choice depends on your personal preferences, the type of home you have, and the climate of the area in which you live.