What Type of Heating System Do I Have?

Low Heating Bills Are the New Hot Thing

Knowing what type of heating system warms your house is a smart move for any homeowner. Annual maintenance extends the life of your heater, but in order to ensure proper maintenance, you have to know about the components of your heating system! During your next visit from a furnace repair expert at Aire Serv, be sure to ask your technician for advice about maintaining your system. The more you know, the longer your heating system can last and the more you can save on your energy bills—and low heating bills is the new hot thing.

Common Types of Heating Systems

These are some types of heating systems commonly used:

  • Heat pumps – Heat pumps operate most effectively in mild climates that are not prone to severe weather. They can serve as both a heating and cooling system, and utilize an indoor system and an outdoor system to move heat inside or out, as demanded by the weather, utilizing electricity.
  • Boilers – Boilers utilize a furnace and a steam converter wherein heat is pumped. Boilers are fueled by gas, propane, oil, or electricity, and usually include pressure gauges.
  • Package units – Package units are compact and streamlined, with all components stored in one cabinet. This is usually affixed to your home or found on the roof, and have heating and cooling properties. Conditioned air—warm or hot—is distributed via ductwork.
  • Geothermal heat pumps – An environmentally friendly and efficient option, geothermal heat pumps actually utilize the earth’s naturally stable temperature to provide warm and cool air to your home. They are expensive initially, however, and may require some intense and potentially disruptive outdoor installation.
  • Forced air systems– Forced air systems are the most common type of heating systems, and include furnaces and heaters. They operate off of fuel such as natural gas, electricity, oil, or propane to create heated air, which is distributed through ducting. Furnaces can be placed in basements, attics, closets, crawlspaces, and so on.

If you would like more information about heater repair or maintenance, schedule an appointment with a licensed heater repair technician at Aire Serv: Call today!

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