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How to Decide which Heating System is Best for Your Home

Updated on December 24, 2013

Unlike in bygone years where one had only a couple of choices in home heating, today’s homeowner can choose from a wide range of methods. These methods include traditional wood burning stoves with fireplace inserts, geothermal options, electric heating and cooling systems, radiant heat designs or even solar energy based models. Each of these designs have their own unique set of perks and quirks, so deciding on a home’s HVAC system is not always an easy decision.

For the homeowner who is considering a home heating system change or upgrade, there are a variety of factors to think about before making a commitment. Should you find yourself making this decision, then take a few minutes to give consideration to these heating system comparisons.

  • Take a few minutes to determine how much (or little) a particular heating system will affect your current energy bill in regards to the size of your home. If you have a large home, you may be surprised at how inefficient a supposed energy efficient heating choice might actually be.
  • The expense for having a heating system installed can vary based on type and that cost may be compounded when you find out how much operating the system will be. Newer furnaces are going to be more energy efficient than an older one. Spend some time on sites like to effectively compare heating system cost.
  • Many homeowners today are opting to use natural gas for heating. This is especially helpful to your wallet as well as to the environment, but the process is not available all across America, so you will need to determine if you can use it in your area.
  • Electric furnace, though once popular, are becoming less so as time goes on, but that doesn’t mean that they are ineffective at keeping your home warm. The electric heater does have a higher operating cost than a gas system but does use flames or generate carbon monoxide. They are also safer and cleaner that a gas furnace, making them great for families with young children or the elderly.
  • Solar heating is not an unfathomable choice and is environmentally friendly, though it can take more than 20 years to recoup what was invested in installation.
  • Geothermal heat pumps are best installed as part of the home’s original design as they can be rather pricey to do later on. They are certainly lower to operate than more traditional heating systems making them a favorite for many builders and homeowners alike.
  • For low tech, old school ambiance while still keeping warm, the wood stove can’t be beat. They are cost effective and can be located anywhere in a home where there is enough space for a chimney, However, a single woodstove cannot heat an entire house and it’s outside surface get extremely hot, so it is not usually recommended to homes with small children.

Comparing home heating systems is a great way to save money and make the most of your home’s heating system. If you have additional questions, about what system would be best, talk to a professional.

Many websites provide additional information on the topic of heating system comparisons . One such site worth visiting is

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