Alternatives To Forced Air Heating For Your Home


If you're planning an addition to your home, or you are designing a new home, there are other ways to heat your home than the standard forced air furnace. The alternatives are lower maintenance and may be just right for your location. Here are some of the popular home heating techniques to consider in your house plans.

Heat Pump

Heat pumps works by extracting heat from the ground, then compressing and sending it out to the house. There are no moving parts until the air gets into the house and fans send it to the various rooms. No fuel is needed to run this heating device so it's a good option where gas, oil and electricity are scarce. In the summer time, the heat pump will extract warm air from the house and empty it outside, working like an air conditioner. The downside is that it works best in mild climates. If the temperatures ever get to freezing, then you'll need a backup heat system, like a baseboard heater or space heater.

Radiant Heat (Under the floor)

This radiate heat system works by generating heat under the floor which warms the air on top of the floor. The warm air rises to warm the middle of the room then cools off as it gets near the ceiling. The cool air then sinks to the floor to be warmed and the cycle starts over. The air is warmed evenly throughout the room so there are no hot and cold spots, which you can get with a forced air system. Because the warm air stays near the floor, radiant heat is good for drafty rooms. Your feet will always be warm. There are two sources of heat for these under floor systems: water and electricity.

Hydronic Heating

A series of water-filled tubes are installed under the subfloor. Warm water is circulated through these tubes to warm the room. The water can be heated by an independent electric heater connected to the system, or you can use an existing hot water heater. This type of heating is good for larger spaces where you need the heat on for longer periods.

Electric Heating

These systems use insulated electrical wires under the subfloor to produce the heat. Individual wires can be installed or mats with a grid pattern of wires can be laid out under the floor. These systems are controlled with a thermostat, like a furnace. They warm up a room quicker than the hydronic systems and perform better in small rooms.

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