Home heating system
This article will help you understand some of the different types of heating options that you have available for your home. As the needs of a small house are different than that of a large house the focus will be on information pertaining to smaller spaces.
Any home heat system will need a duct work system unless the home is really small. Even a small home should have a heat transfer system for maximum efficiency. A floor radiant heating system however doesn't need duct work and is very efficient and popular these days.
Heating systems are much more efficient than they used to be, but I guess they have to be considering that the cost of electricity has gone way up and homes are much larger than they used to be. It only makes sense.
Most homes used to have metal ductwork installed. This is both expensive and less efficient compared to the ductwork options available today.
Flexible ducts are a lot easier and faster. They cost a lot less and are much more energy efficient. They are an easy alternative to metal ducts in most home heating radiator systems.
The air conditioning is usually connected to the heating ductwork so you only need to run the ducts once to each room.
Heating and cooling flexible ducts can be run between floor joists and up to heat registers or vents. Most heating systems are in basements, but if the home has no basement then the ducts can still be run down through floor joists in crawlspaces and up to heat vents.
As far as heat radiators there are a few options. You have gas furnaces that are fairly economical. They will need to have their own duct work system that goes to all the heat registers or heat grates in the home.
There are oil furnaces which are also fairly economical. This is an alternative to gas if you live in an area where natural gas is unavailable.
There is also electric heat or heat pumps that use electricity. They all do a good job, but you will want to consider which type of heating system will be the most economical for your local area.
Radiant floor heating and cooling is the new kid on the block and it is working out really well. It's fairly easy to install and is very economical as long as the floor is insulated properly.
First of all, if you wish to heat and cool your floor with hot and cold water, you will have to plan ahead and compensate for a thicker floor because this type of heating and cooling uses plastic water lines that connect to a heating/cooling manifold. The tubing will be encased in a light coat of cement.
If this is too much of a bother, you can just use electric radiant heating rolls under the floor. It's a much easier installation.
Propane fireplaces and stoves
Wood fireplaces and stoves