A Comfortable, Warm Home

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A Comfortable, Warm Home

Mild weather is one of the things I love the best about the southern United States. I’ve lived in this region of the country all of my life. During the winter season, I rarely see snow or sleet. In fact, I sometimes wear short sleeves during the cold weather months. However, I occasionally need to bundle up in one of my favorite, colorful coats, jackets, or sweaters. And, I also have to run my heater at nighttime. Thankfully, my husband and I scheduled an appointment with an HVAC contractor this past fall, so we are confident that our heater will last through the winter. On this blog, I hope you will discover the most common solutions to a broken heating system. Enjoy!

Building A New Home? 2 Different Types Of Heating Systems You Can Choose From

If you are building a new home, there are many things to consider. One of these things is how you want to heat your home. Below is information about two different types of heating systems to help you make the choice on what is best for your home.

Electric Forced Air

With an electric forced air heating system, an electrical current passes through the heating element inside the system. The electrical current then passes through a resister, which converts the electrical energy into heat energy. A blower or a fan forces the heated air into the ductwork and into your home through the registers. A thermostat inside your home controls the temperature.

With this type of system, you have to make sure the air ducts are in good condition. If not, they will leak air and affect the efficiency of the system.

The filter should be changed or cleaned once per month, and you should have the system maintained at least once per year.  The contractor can give you more information about how to keep your system in good condition.

An electric forced air heating system is generally less expensive to install, but costs more to operate when compared to a furnace.

The system is quieter than a furnace and the installation process is generally easier.

Gas Furnace

There are older conventional gas furnaces that are less efficient than the newer types. This is because they only have one heat exchanger. This means the exhaust gases expel before they have a chance to heat completely. Because of this, the heat exchanger that is inside the furnace cannot extract the amount of heat that it should.

A condensing furnace has two heat exchangers, which means it can extract more heat. This makes this type of furnace much more energy efficient.

A modulating furnace controls the heat output the best when compared to the furnaces above. This is because this type of furnace has a variable speed fan, which means you can adjust the heat with a thermostat located inside your home.

A gas furnace is less expensive to operate when compared to an electrical forced air unit. This type of heating system may heat your home quicker than an electrical system can. Gas furnaces, however, are noisier when they are running compared to an electric forced air system. 

Talk with an HVAC contractor about these two types of heating systems. They can give you more information to help you make the right choice. Check out websites like for more information.