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Types of Heating

Selecting the right type of home heating system can be a confusing ordeal. Below is an overview of various heating sources.

Traditional furnaces

A home furnace typically heats the air, which is pumped through ductwork already installed in the house. Sometimes a blower is installed to help circulate the air throughout the living areas of the house. The furnace may be fuelled by different types of fuel like gas, oil, electricity and wood. Gas and oil type heaters heat an element called a heat exchange, which pumps heated air throughout the home. Heating elements are used by the electrical furnaces to heat the air. Electric furnaces are sometimes problematic, constituting dry, thin heat, which rapidly dissipates. A coal or a wood furnace uses a fire box, where the wood or coal is burnt and a heat exchanger which warms up the air that is to be circulated. The temperature inside the house is controlled by the thermostat that is installed into a wall at a central location.

Steam Radiant Heating System

Steam radiators are an old concept and not in very much use today, mostly in very historic urban areas, but they present their own advantages. They have cast iron or sometimes brass radiators that radiate heat with steam. The steam system may have one or two pipes. In a single pipe system the water and heat flow in the same pipe but the direction of flow is opposite. In a double pipe system separate pipes are used for the flow of water and heat. These heaters are very efficient and they warm spaces quite quickly.

Radiant Ceiling or Floor Heaters

Radiant heaters heat up the home with the current daylight. It does not use any blowers or any tools to circulate air. Instead electrical elements are installed, most of the time, inside the floors or walls, or sometimes on the ceiling. Each area has a separate control switch, however, they do not show the current temperature of that place.

Space Heaters

The best part of space heaters is that they are portable and movable. These types of heaters are fueled by natural gas or kerosene oil. They might be standing free in a space or might be attached to a wall. However these types of heaters are not used to heat large area like a living room. These heaters can also become a fire risk.