A furnace is a furnace...unless it's not. Though most people automatically assume that every type of heating installation is the same, you might be surprised to find out that there are several different types of heating installations on the market today. Finding out which one is right for you will not only make heating your home more efficient but also more convenient as well. Below are several types of heating installations available. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an upgrade for your home, then contact an HVAC contractor as soon as possible.


For most people, there's nothing wrong with a traditional furnace. These units heat air with some kind of energy source (usually electricity or natural gas) and then force it to various parts of your home using a ventilation system, like air ducts. Despite their popularity, they're rather large, bulky items and have to be reinforced with a few layers of support beams if placed above ground.


Another very common heating installation are boilers. Instead of air, these units rely on hot water to warm your home up (or steam), and provide the added advantage of allowing you to heat one part of your home and not the other. Unfortunately, they're also more expensive to operate, which means you should be well aware of their distinct advantages to determine whether they're right for your home.


If you want the convenience of a heat pump (which can both heat and cool your house) but want a little added force in the event of a colder winter than normal, a hybrid system might be perfect for you. When the temperature dips, the heat pump will kick on and start the heating process. A hybrid system will give it some extra juice to add more heating power to your home. 


Since ductless heating installations are usually designed to only heat one room, they're perfect for expansions on to a current build or larger spaces that have separate zones to heat up and cool down. They generally split off the main heating installation line and require their own separate thermostat to operate, but for someone who is looking to maximize efficiency while not taking up much space, you may find that a ductless heating system may be the right fit. Fortunately, they're not too expensive to add on and require very limited maintenance to keep at maximum efficiency.

Contact heating installation contractors to learn more.