Seattle, the largest city in Washington, may not be known for having the harshest winters but this does not mean that winters without having a proper heating system can be bearable here. Temperatures fall by December and get colder into the next two months. Without a good heating system or with a heating system that malfunctions or fails, surviving the freezing cold is close to impossible. That’s why it’s very important to have only the most dependable heating systems installed. And in case these heating equipment malfunction or get damaged, it’s imperative to have them quickly fixed and restored to optimum working condition.
Furnaces – These are among the most popular heating systems in America. Many homes typically depend on a central furnace heating system. Furnaces heat spaces by blowing hot air (there are fans involved) through ducts and air registers or grills to warm up rooms. The heat generated by furnaces can be through the burning of natural gas or fuel oil or through an electric system.
Boilers – Boiler heating systems, as opposed to furnaces, distribute heat through hot water instead of distributing heat through hot air. They employ a system of radiators that are made to pass through different parts of the building being heated. Boiler heating systems are also called hydronic systems. To heat up the water, natural gas, fuel oil, or electricity may be used. There are some boiler models, which are rather rare nowadays, that distribute heat through steam instead of having hot water flow through radiators.
Heat Pumps – Heat pumps are basically two-way air conditioners.They are machines that can be used for both cooling and heating purposes. They have a reversible mechanism of transferring heat. During winters, instead of driving heat out of an enclosed space, they reverse the process so outdoor heat can be brought in. Heat pumps can be air or ground sourced (also known as geothermal heat pumps). They “scavenge” whatever available heat can be obtained outdoors to raise the temperature indoors. Air source heat pumps are more popular since they are easier and cheaper. However, ground source heat pumps are considerably more efficient, which makes up for its costlier acquisition and installation.
Direct Heating Systems – These are heating systems that, as the name suggests, provide direct heating to spaces. These appear in different forms. The most common of which are as follows:
Radiant heating systems are designed to be highly efficient and reliable. These involve the use of pipes or tubes installed underneath a floor, walls, or ceilings,
through which warm water is made to circulate to distribute heat to spaces that require heating. They are notably efficient and are also highly controllable. They provide a great degree of control over the desired temperature and a uniform way of heating spaces. With these heating systems, there’s no need to force the movement of warm air to evenly heat different spaces. Only surfaces (floors, walls, or ceilings) are made warm and the warmth is allowed to naturally spread.
Floor heaters are deemed the most efficient radiant heating systems since they take advantage of the natural movement of hot and cold air. Only the floor is being heated but since hot air naturally rises and cold air goes down, heating is more evenly done and spread faster.
There are also systems that make use of refrigerants instead of water flowing along the pipes or tubes. These provide the advantage of significant improvement in energy efficiency but they cost more to buy and install as compared to typical heating systems. Still, the palpable advantages are undeniable so it’s worth considering them as top options when it comes to space heating.
It’s important to note here that the direct heating systems mentioned earlier (fireplaces, stoves, electric space heaters, etc) can also be considered as radiant heating systems. The difference here, though, is that these modern, state of the art heating systems make use of pipes or tubes to achieve the best and most effective heating results with the least safety and health disadvantages.
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