The 3 Main Heating Systems For Your Home in Mansfield & Ashland, Ohio
As you have choices ahead of you for the best heating system for your home or small business. H & H Plumbing Heating and Cooling has extensive knowledge and experience with furnace repair and replacement, heat pump repair and replacement, and new boiler installation. We are an Armstrong Air preferred dealer in the Mansfield area and can repair any make or model of a furnace or heat pump.
Choosing the best heating system for your home is a question of function, price, and compatibility. Let's explore three of the most popular heating systems and a few factors you should consider in order to find the best option for your home.
All furnaces, whether they're oil, propane, or gas, normally have efficiency ratings starting at 78-percent and reaching 96-percent AFUE. Minimum efficiency furnaces will have associated ratings of 78- to 80-percent, slightly less for older models. Internal improvements are the reason for the boost in efficiency. These AFUE numbers might be enough for mild climates.
Furnaces with mid-efficiency ratings can reach 83-percent AFUE in the case of propane or gas, while oil reaches around 87-percent. Heat exchangers and precision venting and combustion air control are some reasons for this difference in efficiency.
AFUE 90- to 96-percent isn't unheard of for propane or gas furnaces that are highly efficient. Second heat exchangers are used on these models. These are good choices for larger homes in cold climates. Don't forget to think about each furnace's electrical efficiency in addition to the AFUE percentages.
Boilers are also rated with an AFUE percentage for efficiency. Any models for residential purposes built since 1992 are required to have a minimum rating of 80-percent. Older models only reach 55- to 65-percent.
When buying a boiler, you'll want to look for minimal electrical requirements, the option of indirect water heating, and efficient controls. More efficient controls can work to reduce costs in the long run while boosting comfort. Boilers use electricity to power certain parts. You'll want to be sure to find one that operates efficiently.
Boilers also have the advantage of being able to offer efficient and effective water heating. These heating systems don't store and heat water simultaneously.
Electric Heat Pumps
Electrical heat pumps with an HSPF of 9 or higher are going to be your best option. There are models that still reach above the minimum rating of 7.6 HSPF, but your yearly energy costs will be lower if you opt for higher ratings.
Geothermal or ground-source heat pumps are another great option for their ability to take heat from water that is pumped from beneath ground or from the ground itself. Keep in mind that these types of heat pumps can be significantly more expensive. Fortunately, some areas will offer financial incentives to encourage the use of these geothermal units.
Homes that don't have any duct work might consider opting for mini-split or ductless heat pumps. These units are installed in different rooms but connect to one outdoor unit. You can get AC and heating from this model without having to spend extra to install duct work.
Now that you know the different types of heating systems, here are a few things to keep in mind when choosing the best option for your home:
- Source of energy: Make sure your home or apartment can supply enough of the unit's energy source.
- System of distribution: Determine whether the system uses hot water or forced air.
- Efficiency: The most economical decision depends on a variety of different factors.
- Cost: You still must find something within your price range.
H & H Plumbing Heating and Cooling has the tenure and knowledge to help you with your furnace heating. We invite you to contact us today.