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Key Differences Between Common Home Heating Systems

It’s getting cold out in Vancouver and the Lower-mainland, it’s the perfect time to update your home heating system before the winter months. It can be difficult to choose a home heating system that is right for your needs, however, in general, there are three main methods of heating your home. Find out how to stay warm and cozy this winter!

What Are The Common Home Heating Systems?

There are several ways to heat your home, however, the top three most common methods of heating are radiant heating, gas heating, and electric heating. We’ll explore each method in depth below.

Radiant Heating

Radiant heating is also commonly known as floor heating. This is because it heats your home with panels, normally installed on the floor of your home. These can, however, also be installed in your walls.

Radiant heating heats your home through the common convection method. It is based on the fact that warm air rises. When the floor is heated, the air rises and radiates out, effectively heating your entire home. Radiant heating allows for an evenly heated home, you will not end up with one part of the room being colder than the other. It is also an effective method of heating for those with allergies and sensitivities to dust, as this form of heating does not require filters or consistent air flow. Thus, it reduces the possibilities for the dust to be displaced around your home.

Radiant heating is easy to install, there are no filters or outdoor ducts required. It is simply a series of panels installed on your floor. Hillcrest Plumbing & Heating can provide Radiant heating installation, maintenance, and repair services if you are looking to update your heating system before the winter.

Central Heating Systems

A central heating system is any home heating system that runs on one single source of heat. This could be a furnace or a boiler. Heat is normally dispersed throughout the home through a complex ventilation system, using filters and fans to heat the air and keep it moving. Central heating systems are normally either run on natural gas or electricity.

Gas Heating

Natural gas heating is a very popular way to heat your home and has been for decades. Gas is used to heat both furnaces and boilers. It is often closely compared to electric heating. Gas is often argued to be the cost-effective option, while electric is seen as the greener option. These are often debatable and vary by location, as gas and electric prices can vary throughout North America.

Gas heating uses a natural gas burner to heat the air. The air is then dispersed using a filter, fan, and ducts that disperse the heated air throughout the house. If you are interested in gas heating repair or maintenance, Hillcrest Plumbing & Heating provides gas fitting services.

Electric Heating

Electric heating is often closely compared to gas heating, it is a process that converts electric energy into energy to heat your home. A furnace or boiler can also be heated with electricity. Electric heating is often seen as the more expensive method of heating your home, however, depending on your heating needs it can be incredibly efficient.

Learn More About Home Heating Systems

At Hillcrest Plumbing & Heating, we bring over 50 years of industry experience to the lower-mainland. Our team has the dedication and skills required to help you during an emergency, install or repair home heating systems or simply perform a maintenance check on your appliances. If you are interested in learning more about home heating systems, or you would like a suggestion on which may be best for you, call Hillcrest Plumbing & Heating today. Our team would be happy to help you install or update your heating system before the long winter ahead of us!

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