Living in a colder climate generally means that there will be times of the year when home heating systems are a necessity in a home. These will help to provide warmth when needed and keep the residents of a home comfortable no matter the weather outside. There are a few portable and installed heating systems available for the home and some of the more common types include the following.
Portable home heating systems are the simplest method for providing heat and these are generally suitable for a heating a single room. Space heaters, as they are commonly known, come in a few different styles and the advantage of these is that they can be moved around to suit your needs. They are generally classed as either convector heaters or radiative heaters and there is a wide range of these on the market, with prices starting around the $30 to $50 range. These can be used both inside and out and, although they can be used at any time of the year, they are particularly useful at times when it is a little cooler in the evening and some warmth is needed in a single room.
Installed home heating systems that are capable of heating an entire home come in a variety of styles. The majority use a central furnace or boiler where the heat is produced by electricity or burning fossil fuel and then a network of ducts or alternatively pipes and radiators is used to distribute the heat around the home.
One of the more common styles of installed heating system for a home is the forced air system. In this style heat is produced in a furnace, most commonly by a simple electric heating element or by burning natural gas, propane or oil. Once the air is heated it is fed through a series of ducts to reach the various rooms in a home. The benefit of this type of system is that it can also be used to distribute cool air when required in the hotter months of the year. Ducts can be placed in floors, walls and ceilings to circulate the air and many systems are capable of filtering the air to remove dirt and dust and distribute clean air.
Another common style of home heating systems is radiant heating. This style comes in a few varieties and can include under floor, wall or ceiling heating. Under floor heating can be provided be installed electric cables or by pipes that have hot water running through them, with the water heated by a furnace or boiler. Wall or ceiling heating is usually provided by radiant panels which are heated by electricity or hot water pipes. Another common style is baseboard heat with panels built along the baseboards of a room. These can be heated by electricity or by hot water.
One of the important things when installing a heating system for your home is to have it sized properly. If it is too small it will not be capable of providing sufficient heat. However if it is too big it will likely not run properly and be overly expensive to operate. However, most experienced contractors will be able to size a system to suit your home. Resources such as Service Magic on the internet can be used to find contractors that install home heating systems. The cost will obviously depend on the size of the home and the complexity of the installation. Prices can run into the thousands for most installed systems and most contractors will provide free quotes.
In colder climates home heating systems are a requirement to keep a property warm and comfortable during the winter months. There are a few options to choose from and with a little research most people should be able to find a system that suits their needs and is appropriate for the climate where they live.