Types of Residential Heating Solutions

There are several different options to choose from when choosing residential heating solutions. It can be difficult to decide which one is right for you. That is why this video describes the three most common residential heating solutions along with the pros and cons of each one.

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The three most common type of heating systems are hydronic, forced air, and mini-split. Hydronic systems use a boiler that pumps hot water through boards, radiators, etc. The benefit to hydronic systems is that they are cheap and that the heat is uniformly distributed throughout the space. These systems are also very quiet. However, while the running cost is low, the initial investment and maintenance can be high. The heat also tends to be a dry and stale heat. Next, a forced air system uses furnace to heat the air and circulate it through the ductworks. It is the most economical of the three systems and can be circulated through filters. However, these filters can get clogged. They are also noisy and distribute the air unevenly. Lastly, a mini-split system uses an inside and outdoor unit along with a refrigeration line. This makes it highly efficient. They are also easy to install. However, the initial investment is about 30% of expensive than traditional heating solutions. They are also bulky and ugly. Lastly, the air cant be filtered and they struggle in cold-weather climates.


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