Now that the chillier weather has returned, many people have started to rely on their home heating system to keep them comfortable. If your heating system is older and you notice that you’re not as cozy as you’d like to be, it may be time for new equipment.
Maybe you’ve been considering a new heating system for a while, but you’re not sure what type will best benefit you, your family, and your home. This article explores three different types of heating systems, how they differ from each other, and how Boelcke can help. Keep reading to learn more!
Types of Heating Systems
If you’ve been thinking about replacing your old heating system, you probably have been surfing the web to learn about the types available and which system will be best for your home. At Boelcke, we proudly install furnaces, boilers, and heat pumps.
Most homes in North America use furnaces as their primary source of heat. Furnaces use fuel to effectively heat the air in your home and rely on a system of ductwork to move that heated air into the rooms of your home via registers. Today’s furnaces are much more efficient than those manufactured even 15 years ago – some reaching up to 98 percent efficiency.
Boiler heating is the second most popular type of heating system in North America. Unlike a furnace, that moves heated air throughout your home, a boiler system produces radiant heat by moving heated water throughout radiators in the home. Like furnaces, boilers have become much more efficient in recent years, so if you have a 20-year-old boiler in your home, you can likely expect to gain anywhere from 15 to 20 percent in efficiency.
While not exactly a new technology, heat pumps have been growing in popularity in the Northern United States in recent years. That’s because technological advances now allow heat pumps to effectively heat a home in much colder climates. Heat pumps are perhaps the most efficient way to heat your home, and are available in both ducted and ductless models, so they work in homes with or without ductwork. As a bonus, they can also be used during the summer months to cool your home.
Signs You May Need a New Heating System
Now that you’ve learned about the types of heating systems available on the market today, you may be wondering if there is any way to know if you need new equipment. Here are a few things you should look out for:
- Increased energy bills for no obvious reasons
- Current system not keeping your home comfortable
- Unusual noises coming from your heating system
- Odors like melting plastic or burning rubber coming from your equipment
- Frequent, expensive repairs
- The current system is more than 10 years old
If your system is showing any of the signs above, you should contact Boelcke as soon as possible. Your equipment may at the very least need repairs.
Boelcke is ready to help you get the heating replacement you need.
When you need heating installation from a qualified specialist, you can trust Boelcke Heating and Air Conditioning. We can help meet all your home heating needs, large or small. Simply give us a call at (269) 429-9261, and we will be more than happy to assist you.