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Heating Options for Your Home

There are many types of heating options for your New Jersey or Philadelphia home. What are the advantages and disadvantages of each? We will explore the features of the units, the energy required and efficiency of the most popular home heating solutions.

Central Heat

Most American homes use a ducted central heating system to generate warmth. These home heating systems blow hot air through ducts into various rooms. The most popular central heat options include the following:

  • Furnace

  • Boilers

  • Heat Pumps

The traditional furnace (also known as ducted warm air or forced warm air distribution system) can be powered by electricity, fuel oil or natural gas. Unfortunately, old furnaces waste a lot of fuel energy.

Boilers warm up water, which is then distributed through radiators to various rooms. These use natural gas or heating oil. Unfortunately, air entering pipes might prevent proper flow.

Heat pumps take heat from the outdoors to warm up indoor air. The primary heat pumps are air source or geothermal. Geothermal heat pumps are the most energy efficient.

Direct Heat

Direct heating options include fireplaces, space heaters, and stoves. It is important that you properly vent gas and kerosene space heaters. You should maintain an open window nearby to provide fresh air; otherwise, oxygen depletion is a real danger.

Unfortunately, space heaters might become very hot during operation. If you choose to use a space heater, make sure to keep furniture, children, and pets far away from them.

Alternative Heat

Cutting-edge, sustainable, radiant floor heat circulates hot water through tubes under the floor. Of course, this requires an elaborate construction design, but in the end, it is very efficient.

Another option is split heating. What does this mean? It means that you have heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment inside and outside the home. Energy efficient, ductless, multi-split heating systems are popular outside of America. They use refrigerant lines instead of air or water.

When you have any home heating concerns in New Jersey or Philadelphia, contact the heating experts at Dean's Service. We understand the advantages and disadvantages of each home heating technology and can help you make the right choice for your home!


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