Statistically speaking, you probably own a gas furnace. They’re one of the most popular heaters in the country. Why? Because they just work! Natural gas is an inexpensive fuel source in just about every part of the nation, gas furnaces are easy to install, and they heat homes quickly. It’s hard to argue with that.
But just because it works for “everyone” doesn’t mean it works for you. There are plenty of good reasons to look at other systems, each with their own set of unique benefits. Here are some of them:
Hybrid Heating Systems
A hybrid heating system is a heater with the best of both worlds.
Its primary operation is that of a heat pump. This means that it can cool the air during the summer and heat the air during the winter. The convenience of year-round heating and cooling from just one system is unmatched.
Its secondary operation is that of a natural gas furnace. When temperatures get too cold, the gas furnace automatically turns on and takes over for the heating. Since gas furnaces excel at these lower temperatures, you’ll be getting efficient, fast, and comfortable heating.
High Velocity System
You don’t often hear talk about these systems, and that’s mainly because they’re used in antique homes. If you own one of these traditional homes, you understand why you wouldn’t want to tear up the ceiling and walls just to install a heating system. The usual alternative is the ductless heat pump system, but maybe you’re just not convinced that those air handlers will ever look natural in your home.
Instead, you can try the high velocity system. It operates the same as a heat pump, but its components are much smaller. The ductwork consists of tubes with smaller diameters, meaning they can be snaked through thinner walls and ceilings. And instead of supplying air to each room through a rectangular air vent, the ends of these tubes form the “vents.” They’ll be installed in the corner of the room, in the ceiling, where they’ll hardly be noticed.
Are you just tired of air? Most heating systems on the market are forced-air heaters, meaning they blow heated air into the rooms of your home. There are a few drawbacks to that, however, such as lowered indoor air quality and less even heating.
Boilers take care of this by using a different approach to heating entirely. They rely on radiant heating, which you can simulate by putting your hand near a hot cup of coffee or standing in front of a campfire. Rather than heating the air, you become heated, and many homeowners claim it’s a much more comfortable experience.
Boilers can be installed in a few different ways, but for the most part, you’ll need to have pipes laid beneath the floors or through the walls. This makes boilers a great installation for a new home or one about to be remodeled.