Are you heating your home in the best way possible? It’s an important question to ask as winter approaches, and temperatures continue to drop.

Many people default to the heating option that’s already available in their homes. Have you ever considered any other options? There are many different kinds of heating solutions available for homes.

Many of these options work best depending on the type of home you have. Some factors make some heating options more efficient than others. Here are some of the most efficient heating options for you to consider.

Furnace Heating Solutions

Furnaces are among the best heating options. If you have access to natural gas, they are especially beneficial. Furnaces heat homes by heating the air with a part called a heat exchanger.

The hot air is pushed through the duct system with a blower. Furnaces are efficient and relatively affordable. New furnaces can run between $2,000 and $7,000. Natural gas furnaces are more expensive than electric furnaces.

The main drawback of furnaces is that thanks to the blower, furnaces tend to be loud.

Heat Pumps

Heat pumps work by capturing heat and moving it from place to place. When you want it cool in your home, it takes hot air and moves it outside. When you need it warm indoors, it moves warm air from outdoors into your home.

Heat pumps are known for producing much more energy than what it takes to power them. They could be considered the best option for home heating for this reason alone.

Since they produce so much heat with less electricity, they are easier on the environment. They don’t burn fossil fuels either, which means you don’t have to worry about exhaust gases harming the environment. They are also safe to operate.

Heat pumps are an excellent heating option for people that live in moderate climates.

Heating With Boilers

Boilers aren’t as common in homes as furnaces and heat pumps. They can still provide an excellent way to heat your home, however. Boilers heat homes by using hot water, which circulates throughout the home via pipes and radiators.

Boilers have ratings that are known as AFUE numbers. The most efficient boilers have AFUE numbers that are ninety and above.

Some higher-efficiency models are known as condensing boilers. Their AFUE numbers go up to 95. They use a second heat exchanger to extract heat from gas, which is then vented outside.

This allows the boiler to recover heat that has already been paid for that would otherwise be lost during the exhaust and ventilation process.

Heating, Air, and Plumbing Services

The best heating solutions for your home will depend on what is available to you and the type of home you have. Boilers, furnaces, and heat pumps all have their benefits and what’s best for your home may be different from someone else’s. You should talk to a heating professional to explore the options available to you.

At McWilliams & Son, we provide many services, including air conditioning, heating, indoor air quality inspection, and more. If you need heating installation for your home, we’d be happy to help. Contact us today if you live in the Lufkin, Nacogdoches, Livingston, or Huntsville areas.

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