There are many different types of heating systems and choosing the one that's right for your home isn't always easy! To get you started, here's a look at the most common Cleveland heating system choices and what you need to know about each one.
Forced Air Furnaces
Forced air heating is the most common choice among homeowners in the Cleveland area. This type of system has a furnace which burns fuel to warm the air, which is then blown through a series of ducts and distributed throughout the home. Most furnaces are powered by natural gas, though you can purchase oil and propane furnaces. Natural gas is an efficient, affordable fuel, and furnaces are a cost-effective, easy-to-install option.
Another option is a boiler system that heats water and then distributes that hot water through a series of radiators, or even pipes beneath the floor (often referred to as in floor radiant heat). Boiler systems are usually more costly to buy than forced-air systems, but they warm rooms very quickly, can very comfortable and are great for people with allergies as they don't blow dust through the air.
Electrical Baseboard Heat
With electrical baseboard heating, each room has its own electric heating mechanism that's placed along the wall. this often gives you option to regulate each room's temperate individually. There's no combustion, so your home doesn't need a chimney or a gas connection.However, electric heat is costly to operate in an area like Cleveland (sometimes as much as 2-3 times what it would cost with natural gas) where you're using your heat daily throughout the fall and winter.
A heat pump is an appliance that gathers heat from the outdoors and pumps it inside during the winter. In the summer, you reverse its cycle; it pumps warm air outside to cool your home. Heat pumps are very energy-efficient. In Cleveland, we usually recommend pairing a heat pump with a high-efficiency gas furnace to serve as a backup on the coldest days when the heat pump itself can't quite keep up.
If you need help choosing the right heating system for your home, contact the Cleveland heating system experts at P.K. Wadsworth Heating and Cooling today.