Explore These 3 Types Of Home Heating System Options

15 October 2015
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


There are a number of different options when it comes to home heating systems. What might work for one person isn't going to work for another. Every home and every situation is different. You need to spend time looking through the different options to determine which system is going to work the best for your home. Check out these three options to see which one might be the answer to your needs.

Forced Air Systems

Forced air systems are the most commonly used systems today. The air is heated up inside of the furnace and then sent through the ductwork and into the rooms in your home via the registers. Furnaces can heat the air using either propane, electricity, oil or natural gas. With this particular system, you can filter, humidify and dehumidify the air. It tends to be relatively inexpensive, which is perfect for those looking to save money.

Steam Radiant Heating

While these units aren't used as much today as they once were, you can often find them in older homes. They are easily identifiable by their cast iron and upright radiator that will heat up as steam moves through it. They come in either a one- or two-pipe system. In the one-pipe system, the steam and water will travel through the same pipe heading in opposite directions. With the two-pipe systems, the team has its own pipe and the water has its own. Even though they might not look as nice as some of the other systems out there, they can heat your space rather quickly and are extremely efficient. Older systems can be swapped out for smaller units or vertical wall radiators to create a more modern look.


Boilers create hot water for radiant heat, baseboard and steam heating systems. They are powered using either electricity, oil, propane or natural gas. A steam boiler is more complex than a traditional hot water boiler. They employ a special gauge, automatic feed and blow-off valve. They are extremely energy-efficient, compact and low in maintenance costs.

Take the time to go through some of the options outlined above to determine which one is going to work the best for your home. Once you have the chance to explore the home heating systems, you can make an informed decision on how you want to heat your home and what fuel source you want to use. Contact a company like Nathan's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. for more information.