What is a Heating System
A heating system maintains a home’s or building’s temperature s at a desired level. Most homes have a central heating system with only one heating unit. However, bigger buildings can make use of a distributed system that uses multiple heating units. These units that create heat can be a boiler, radiator, fireplace, solar energy or seasonal thermal energy storage. Some buildings even have a combination of these heating units.
Remember that an HVAC system is a heating, ventilation and air conditioning system. A heating system by itself only takes part in heating, and does not make up the entire HVAC system. HVAC includes ducts, air conditioning systems and heating systems.
Finding the Right Heating Solution for Your Project
Whether you’re building a home or renovating one, the heating system has to be taken into account. It’s easy to overlook your home’s or business’s heating system, but doing so is a critical mistake. Outdated heating systems are a liability that drive up gas or electricity bills and are just waiting to break down.
In the event of your heating system breaking down it’s likely that you will freeze in your home and have to wait a couple of hours, or even days, to get it back up and running.
If your current heating system isn’t the right solution for your home, then it’s probably time to find a better solution and implement it.
When finding a heating system you always want to make sure that its energy efficient. Finding the energy efficient system is really easy because they are always marked with an Energy Star sticker and rating. You might notice right off the bat that energy efficient heating systems are a bit more expensive, but they are highly worth it.
Would you rather buy a used car for $10,000 that has a worn-out engine and only get 18 miles per gallon or buy a new card for $15,000 that has a brand new engine and gets 25 miles per gallon? If you plan on using this car for more than five years, then the answer is obvious.
Heating systems work exactly the same way. What first looks like an “expensive” heating system will actually end up saving you more money in the long run than buying a cheaper unit. Not to mention that cheaper units are more likely to need repairs. It just makes sense to get the right heating solution from the start so that it saves you money on heating bills and is reliable enough to trust in the long-run.
How Many Heating Systems Are out there?
There are more heating systems out there than there are fingers on your hands. But only a handful of these heating systems are appropriate for most homes and buildings. We’re only going to mention those important solutions below:
The first heating system we want to mention is electric heating. Although electric home heating is often never used as the main heating solution, it is still an important factor in homes. Electric portable heaters can be distributed around the home in areas that are too cold without having to turn up the heat in the entire home. Similarly, electric heaters can also be installed in baseboards to keep your house warm. Think of electric heating solutions as “helping” units and not primary units. Electric heaters are perfect for installing on walls that face the outdoors and any other place that may “leak” cold temperatures into the home.
Another heating solution is called boiler heating, which uses gas to boil water. The resulting steam then travels through pipes and into radiators and convertors that give off heat into rooms. Boiler heating systems are often found in older homes and buildings. However, they are still appropriate today in certain situations or personal preference.
Forced-air systems are a popular heating solution today. They work by heating up air via fuel or electric energy, and then pushing that air through ducts and vents. If your vents push hot air out during the winter, then your home uses a forced-air system.
Another heating solution used today is called geothermal heating, which is powered by geothermal energy. This system works by pulling underground heat into the home via heat conductive pipes. Geothermal heating is kind of like sun energy. It’s not always available, and it’s expensive to harness it, but it pays off in the long run. Depending on the size of your home or building, and the sustainability you need, geothermal heating may be a good option. However, it’s rarely needed in normal projects.
What is a Heating System