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Most Efficient Heating Systems

by CustomHomes on Friday, October 13, 2017

most efficient heating systems - finger pressing button to adjust digital thermostatThe nights are getting longer, the days are getting colder, and winter will soon be upon us. That means we will be spending more time inside. Make sure that you have an efficient heating system!

In this day and age, we have the luxury of choosing from many different types of heating – like gas, wood, geothermal, or electric. Here are various ways that you can keep your home warm and cozy:

Gas

Natural gas is a common, and popular, form of heating homes. There are several different kinds of heating systems to choose from. For instance, forced air systems, radiant water-based or hydronic heating systems, space heaters, and more.

The typical method would be the first–forced air systems. These come in the form of furnaces that use natural gas to heat the surrounding air. Cool air enters the system, is warmed up, and then circulated throughout the home.

Wood

It may seem a little old-fashioned, but wood-fired central heating systems are still quite useful. Plus, they are a cleaner source of heat and also quite economical.

With this method, you could choose equipment such as a furnace, a boiler, a wood stove or a fireplace. Wood stoves cost less and have fewer emissions, but they do not cover as much expanse as a furnace or boiler might. Boilers and furnaces are tucked away, and give you more bang for your buck.

Geothermal

Geothermal heating uses the heat of the earth’s crust to produce the energy needed to heat your homes. Systems absorb the heat stored in the ground by collecting water that circulates underground, concentrates it, then releases it into your home as air. It’s environmentally friendly, has plentiful potential, and can be built underground.

As you can imagine, however, this is one of the pricier means of heating your home. There is a considerable amount of work that needs to go into building the system itself, and the system requires proper maintenance. Although initial setup tends to be more expensive than other methods, geothermal heating does provide savings over time.

Electric

Electric energy functions similarly to gas heating in the equipment that is used (namely furnaces and boilers) but derives its energy from a different source. Electric is the alternative for locations with less natural gas available.

Electric is safe, and does not produce a lot of byproducts in the process. Electric is also generally quieter. On the flipside, electric tends to be more expensive, and can have difficulty functioning if the temperature drops too low.

Each heating system has its pros and cons. With this basic guide, you’ll be able to decide which system is best for your custom home. If you’re planning out your custom home and you’re still not sure which system will be the best fit for you, contact Custom Home Group! Our team and integrated design/build process will ensure you get exactly what you want.

+Ken Uhrich is lead Estimator and Purchaser at Custom Home Group, a Design/Build company, located in Lancaster County, PA. You can follow Ken on Twitter: @kuhrich Or visit his company website: www.customhomegroup.com