Centuries ago, we kept warm by gathering around a fire, huddled together around a large wood fire. Times have changed and we have found more sophisticated ways to stay warm in winter. In the last decade, we have developed heating technologies that work very effectively and some are even good for our planet.
Factors like the size of the home, the climate where you live, and the community where you live should be considered before choosing a heating technology for your home. U.S. homes use roughly 7% of the total consumption of energy. Smart homeowners are choosing smart heating options to preserve energy and efficiency that can lead to lower overall energy consumption.
Geothermal heating systems do not draw heat from the center the earth directly. Instead, geothermal heat pumps secure the steady temperature in geothermal reservoirs deep within the earth. These systems use the heat from the earth’s center to comfortably heat your home or business in the winter. They provide cooling comfort by sending heat from the home back to the ground in the summer. Additionally, geothermal water is also used in homes and by many nurseries to keep the plants warm in cold weather.
Solar power is a renewable energy source that collects energy from the sun. It is used for heating a space and for heating water. Solar power is used to heat a fluid. This fluid is then is directed indoors. It uses with heat energy from the sun that is on your roof. The warm air from the roof is then transported by a fan and it is filtered before goes into the home. Solar heating is very affordable and energy efficiency. Solar and geothermal heating are both environmentally clean and safe.
Heat pumps use the outside air to for heating in winter and cooling in summer. There are three types of heat pumps: water source, air-to-air, and geothermal. Heat pumps extract the earth’s heat and carry it indoors from the air, from water, or from the ground outside and concentrate it for use inside. A geothermal heat pump will take geothermal heat from within the earth and carries it indoors. When the weather is warm, this process is reversed and these heating systems act like air conditioners.
An oil-fired furnace works when the oil is sprayed into a combustion chamber at high pressure, propelled by a blower, and ignited by an electric spark. Oil heating uses liquid petroleum oil as the fuel source. It will ignite the oil in the chamber and a heat exchanger will then heat the fumes carried through the heat exchanger and transfers the air through air ducts and into the house.
Fuel oil is a flammable, yet safe product. It is extremely energy-efficient and requires very little maintenance.
Gas heating utilizes natural gas for heating by drawing cool air into the unit and delivers it to the heat exchanger which delivers it through the ducts inside the home. Using a gas heating system offers homeowners reliability that electricity cannot. Gas lines are located underneath the ground, which secures them from the elements and or other mishaps that usually lead to an electrical outage.
Heating systems that use gas for heating can lower your energy costs. This is why many local utility companies offer consumers rebates when purchasing a gas appliance.
Electric heating is a logical choice if the climate where you live is mild most of the year. By using electricity as a fuel source, these systems are very popular because of their efficiency. Electric heat pumps provide heating that is energy-efficient and reliable.
The heating experts at PAC Plumbing, Heating, Air in Staten Island, NY can offer solid information on the many types of heating technologies. Call them today and they will be happy to help you choose the right heating technology for your home.