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Cardinal Heating & Cooling

Different Types of Home Heating Systems

Heating systems are essential when it gets cold out, especially in the Midwest. The type of heating system being used in your home will impact energy costs and comfort levels. If your home is more than 10 years old, you may be at risk of using a worn-out heating system. Usually, these heating systems are inefficient, hard to maintain and have high energy costs. Installing the proper up-to-date heating system will help to reduce energy costs and improve comfort levels. In order to select which system best fits your home, it’s important to research efficiency ratings and the long-term costs of your preferred type of heating system. 

Geothermal Systems

If you’re considering getting the newest and most energy efficient heating and cooling system, this heating system is the 
way to go. How does it work? This system works like a reverse refrigerator by employing Geothermal Heat Pump (GHP) technology. Essentially, a pipe is used to obtain heat from one location and shoots it over to different locations. What’s nice about this system is that it uses less electricity to operate and maintain, which saves you money on your electric bill. 

Radiant Heat System

This system involves the transfer of heat from a hot region to a cold surface. If you know someone with a boiler, they most likely have this type of heating system. How does it work? Hot water from the boiler is transferred through tubes installed beneath the base surface to distribute heat to different rooms through the floors. Historically, the radiant heat system has provided homes with natural heat and comfort.

Forced Air System

The forced air system can be used for heating or cooling homes. The forced air system is typically called the central heating system and is widely used in larger buildings and retail outlets. How does it work? The air is heated in a furnace and then forced into ducts that supply various vents.

Hydronic Heat System

Last but not least, the hydronic heat system uses water that’s heated from a boiler that is shoved 
into fin-tubes baseboard units, which are attached along the walls. This system is typically referred to as hot water baseboard. This system is efficient due to the fins that increase the surface area for heat dissipation. This heating system uses both radiation and convection heat to balance out warm and cold air in your home.