Thinking of buying your first ever heating system in a new apartment? You may have one goal to make your place sufficiently heated during those cold, winter months, but you should know that there are several types of heating systems to be considered.
Understanding their nature as well as their benefits may help you decide for the best heating system for you and your abode.
Here are a few of them. Heating systems are generally categorized into three groups: Central Heat, Direct Heat, and State of the Art Heating. Each category further has individual units to be considered. Central Heating System. A central heating system provides warmth to the whole interior of the building from one corner to the rest of the room. One of the most common forms of the central heating system is the furnace, commonly used by most Northern American households. It blows heated air through ducts that further delivers warm air to rooms in different areas of the house via air registers or grills. Boilers, on the other hand, are specially-designed water heaters. It distributes the heat in hot water. Its heat is given up as it passes through radiators or other devices in rooms. Heat pumps are two-way air conditioners. During the winter, heat pumps scavenger heat from the cold outdoors and discharge the heat inside the house. Direct Heat. Gas-fired space heaters are an example of direct heating heaters. This is a popular type of heating system applicable for warming single rooms. Electric space heaters are inexpensive but may be costly to use. They convert electric current from the wall socket directly into heat, like how toasters or iron works. Wood-burning and pellet stoves are good in rural areas and may be applicable if you have time to stack wood or stoke the stove or furnace. State of the Art Heating. These are more modern ways to warm your house. Radiant floor heating is an example of this type of heating system. It circulates warm water in tubes under the floor and brings warmth to people using the room. Ductless, Mini-Split and Multi-Split heating systems, on the other hand, are relatively rare outside North America. It makes use of ductless heat pumps that distribute energy through refrigerant lines instead of water or air.