The Different Types of Heating
There are a few different types of heating available including, electric heaters, gas heaters, and reverse-cycle air conditioners. Finding which type would be more suited to you means looking at several factors. Each type is different. Take your needs and factors into consideration when picking your best fit.
If you live in a small space, a good option for you would be the electric heater. They are usually portable, so you can unplug it and take it around with you. It is perfect for one person, and it takes less energy to keep you warm. They are cheaper to buy and come in different shapes and sizes. We even have some electric fireplace heaters available.
If you have access to gas, then a gas heater would be a valuable choice. It is efficient without killing your bank account. It will heat up small rooms and medium spaces, perfect for ongoing use. However, gas heating produces waste products such as carbon monoxide and water vapor in small amounts. Carbon monoxide is dangerous, and water vapor creates condensation and also leads to mold.
There are two types of gas heaters that deal with each problem in their way:
Fluid Heaters – direct their fumes outside through a flue or pipe. They remove the carbon monoxide and water vapor from your home. They cost more to purchase and install. Also, they allow heat to escape.
Unfluid Heaters -expel the water vapor and fumes into the room. Standards and limitations reduce the number of emissions produced. Ventilation is required.
For all day heating, gas heaters may be cheaper than portable heaters. However, gas prices fluctuate and may not always cost less than electric heating.
Reverse-Cycle Air Conditioners
Unlike the portable electric heaters, reverse-cycle air conditioners will be more expensive to buy. However, their effectiveness will greatly make up for the price. Their output is capable of heating large and open living spaces.
Get the Right Size for your Space: Insulate then Calculate!
If you want to pick the right size for space you plan to heat, follow our advice by insulating then calculating. Make sure to insulate your ceiling. Drought-proof your windows and door. To reduce heat flow cover your windows at night and be sure to close the doors between the heated and other rooms. This will help you prevent your heat from escaping.
There are many factors to take into consideration when picking which size heater is your best fit, some you may never have considered. Which climate you live in matters. The height between your floor and ceiling, how much space is open in the room as well as the amount of natural sunlight that filters in. Is the floor carpeted? Are there rooms above or below that are heated? All of this information is important, try finding a room heating calculator online.
Other Heating Options
Wood-Burning Stoves and Fireplaces
Wood fires leave a room looking and feeling cozy on a cold night. Wood-burning stoves can also be a great choice. To prevent wasting energy, burn only well-seasoned wood that has been dried for about two summers. Hardwood burns longer than softwood but is harder to light.
Coal can be used as well; it can burn in slow-combustion heaters with the help of fire lighters or a wood fire to start it up. Burning coal can produce soot and pollutants, it is not recommended for use, but it is an option if you ever so choose.
- You can find wood for use almost anywhere
- Wood-burning is more economical due to lower prices or, assuming you have the appropriate permits; you can collect some from forests. Comparatively, if it is burned correctly and replanted, wood releases less CO2 than other fuels.
- Wood storage would be required
- Wood-burning requires maintenance such as ash disposal and keeping an eye on the fire. You would also have to load the heater.
- It is less energy efficient unless you use a modern slow-combustion heater
- They require a chimney due to the release of smoke and gasses which are expensive to install
- It causes pollution
Denatured ethanol is used to burn. When burning, it does not release carbon monoxide, but it does release water vapor and carbon dioxide. They do not require vents or connection to gas and electricity.
They are similar to gas heaters with capacity and efficiency but cost more.
Although formerly banned due to injuries and fires, decorative burners are sold, as long as they meet the specified safety standards.
Be sure to take care around them, for models are sold with open flames and require the same amount of safety precautions as with open wood fires.
Whole House Heating
Hydronic heating is when heated water is transferred through piping in the house to the panel radiators and returned to be heated once again. It can also be used for in floor heating if properly installed.
You have control over how much heat you want in each room through the panel radiators.
Panel radiators are quiet and out of the way. It is quick, low maintenance, and well tested.
Ducted Reverse-Cycle Air conditioning
It is efficient, with ducted air conditioners outside or in the ceiling, but expensive.
Preferably to be installed when a house is being built, it has electric wiring or water pipes installed in the concrete floor which is then heated. The stored heat is released throughout the day.
- It is cheaper to run than two gas powered space heaters, but installation is higher in price.
- It consists of a furnace with a vent and duct system.
Wood or other fuels are burned in one stove that is connected to a system of ducts.
How to Lower the Cost of Heating
- Only heat rooms you are using.
- Try to heat the rooms at lower temperatures.
- If you have a ceiling fan, keep it on low to circulate the heat produced.
- If you want more information on how to lower the costs of heating your house, make sure to check out professional tips from Express Plumbing on Facebook.
There are many different forms of heating, regardless of budget or room sizing needs, there is a heating system out there for you.