There are many options when it comes to choosing a heating system for your Montgomery County, Maryland or Washington, DC home. Since your heating system is the biggest draw on your energy bill in the winter, knowing which type of heating system is best for you can go a long way toward saving you money and making you as comfortable as possible this winter.
This is the most common heating system, found in many homes in the Maryland and Washington, DC area. The air is heated in a furnace and distributed through the home by a network of ducts. Forced air heating systems can use a variety of fuels, including natural gas, propane, oil or electricity.
Advantages of forced air heating system
Disadvantages of forced air heating systems
This heating system provides the most comfortable and natural feeling heat of any heating system. Radiant heating systems come in a variety of forms, from pot-bellied stoves to in-floor hot water tubing to radiant ceiling panels, and transfer heat from a hot to a cold surface. In-floor systems can be fueled by a natural gas, propane, oil or electric boiler, and heating stoves may use wood or coal.
Advantages of radiant heating system
Disadvantages of radiant heating system
Baseboard heating works similarly to radiant heating, using hot water from a boiler to provide heat by a combination of radiation and convection. With a baseboard heating system, hot water from a boiler is piped into “fin-tube” baseboard units mounted on the floor along walls. The fins increase the surface area of heat dissipation, which makes the unit more efficient. As air is heated by the baseboard unit, it rises until it eventually fills the whole room.
Advantages of baseboard heating system
Disadvantages of baseboard heating system
This type of heating system is rarely seen today. It is characterized by large cast-iron upright radiators which use steam to radiate heat. Steam heating systems come in two varieties: one-pipe and two-pipe systems. In a one-pipe system, water and steam travel in different directions through the same pipe. In a two-pipe system, steam flows through one pipe and condensed water flows through another. Steam heating systems can be fueled by natural gas, propane, oil or electricity.
Advantages of steam radiant heating systems
Disadvantages of steam radiant heating systems
Air-source heat pump heating systems provide heating in the winter by pulling ambient heat from the outside air and moving it into your house while taking the cool air from inside and moving it outside. This type of heating system does not burn fuel to generate heat. Air-source heat pumps are comprised of two pieces: an outdoor unit which consists of an outdoor coil, a compressor, a reversing valve and a fan, and an indoor unit called an air handler. With most air-source heat pumps, heated (or cooled) air is distributed around the house via ductwork.
Advantages of air-source heat pump heating systems
Disadvantages of air-source heat pump heating systems
Geothermal heat pumps are the most efficient heating systems on the market today. They pull heat energy from deep in the earth and move it into your house, replacing the cool air. The EPA states that geothermal heat pumps can save 30-70% on home heating costs.
Advantages of geothermal heat pump heating systems
Disadvantages of geothermal heat pump heating systems
For more information about Gaithersburg heating systems, call James A. Wheat & Sons today! Our certified technicians can answer all of your questions and help you decide which heating system is right for you.