If you’re in the market for a new heating system, then the good news is you’ve got plenty of options. The bad news is that your home may not be able to accommodate every type of heating system– so it’s important to know what’s available and what’s feasible to install in your house.
There are three main types of heating systems: Furnaces, Boilers, and Electric Heat Pumps. All of these provide their own benefits and setbacks.
Different Types of Home Heating Systems
- Furnaces. Available as gas, propane, or oil, home furnaces have the highest fuel efficiency rate of any other system on the market — coming in at around 78-96% depending on what model you opt for. Our furnace installation company in North Andover, Andover and surrounding areas recommends a more efficient gas model. The cost may be more upfront, but you will benefit from less utility bills in the future. You can also ask your heating installation company about their financing options.
- Boilers. Although not as efficient as gas-powered furnaces, new boilers provide more efficient controls in order to make your space more comfortable as well as low electrical requirements (which means you get to save on your electric bill). The nifty part about boilers is that they will adjust the temperature of the water based on the temperature outside.
- Heat Pump. These heating systems can oftentimes be just as efficient as a gas furnace. However, not all homes can have a heat pump installed. Heat pumps can both cool and heat a home, meaning they can reverse the cycle. One common type of heat pump is geothermal, which is when either heat or water from the ground is pumped upwards and warmed.
An estimated 60% of homeowners in the greater Boston area use a gas furnace system for their central heating. If you’re unsure whether or not your home is capable of having a furnace installed, please contact Air Conditioning Mass to schedule an initial consultation.