Traditional Furnace Vs. Oil Heating Vs. Electric Heat Pump Systems: Which Home Heating System Is Most Cost-effective?
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Traditional Furnace Vs. Oil Heating Vs. Electric Heat Pump Systems: Which Home Heating System Is Most Cost-effective?

The traditional furnace heating system: A furnace is basically designed to draw in the air from the house. The drawn air is sucked into a duct-work system and directed towards a ‘warming’ area, where it is warmed before being re-directed back to the living spaces. The latest models of the furnace heating system use blowers to re-circulate the air that is routed and warmed. The furnace heating system can also be fueled with gas, oil and electricity, an of course the traditional coal or wood. The circulating air that is drawn through the filter helps to get rid of the dust and other particles present in the rooms.

Other furnace home heating systems:

There are gas and oil furnaces now available that have a pilot light to warm the heat exchange unit. The circulated air is warmed here before it is re-circulated back through the house. The gas or oil fueled furnaces have a specially designed flue from where the exhaust gases are thrown out of the home. In the electric furnace, there are heating strips or elements that help to warm the air. In comparison to the other furnaces, the electric furnace system is cleaner and simpler in operation. In a wood or coal furnace heating system, the design accommodates a sealed firebox. It is in the fire box that the fuel is burned. The in-built heat exchanger is the space within which the air is directed and re-directed and automatically warmed before being delivered to the desired space within the home.

Another innovative heating system involves the use of metal vents. The metal vents allow warmed air to escape from the system and the stream is then re-directed into the house. The metal vents are usually placed in the floors or on the walls of the different rooms. In the home furnace heating systems, there is always a thermostat. The temperature is controlled by the settings on the thermostat, which is usually fitted onto a wall. The thermostat indicates the existent temperature of the room. In the case of the home furnace heating systems that use oil as fuel, the tanks containing the oil are buried.

Electric Heat Pump home heating system:

The heat pumps basically shuffle heat from one space to another. These fittings work both ways, to heat the rooms in winter and to serve as air conditioners during summer. Heat pumps are designed to extract warm air from the outdoors - from the ground or water. The extracted air is then warmed by the system if further necessary and circulated. The metal vent designs and filters are quite similar in operation to the ones used for forced air furnaces. Even though the thermostat appears similar, the electric heat pump home heating system thermostat also includes controls for air conditioning.

Baseboard home heating system:

The baseboard heaters look like long, metal units with complex electrical elements within. Each of the metal units has its own control, marked in increments. However, this home heating system does not indicate the room's current temperature. There are a number of homes that use the baseboard heaters as the sole source of heat. They also step in where rooms are difficult to outfit with ductwork. The baseboard home heating system is more expensive than any of the furnace designs.

Hydronic home heating system:

This is another type of home heating system, where hot water flows through tubes under the floor. The units through which the water is directed resemble the ones in the baseboard heaters. A hydronic system can also be installed in the ceiling of the home. Hydronic heating systems are also fitted under concrete to keep snow and ice from accumulating. The system works with the re-direction of the boiler-heated water to warm the rooms.

Space home heating system:

The portable space heaters are fueled by gas or kerosene or electricity. The gas space heaters can be freestanding or attached to a wall.

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