“While there are many ways to cut these costs (like using a programmable thermostat or simply wearing a sweater in lieu of cranking up the heat), one very practical step you can take is to outfit your home with an efficient heating system. Even if it requires an upfront investment, you’ll save money over time because the more efficient a heating system is, the less energy it needs to operate, and this can translate into lower heating bills.
In general, furnaces are the most efficient of the heating systems, especially if you have natural gas. They work by heating air with a component called a heat exchanger and pushing it into the home through a duct system, using a fan (often referred to as a blower).
A heat pump is an air conditioning and heating unit all in one (the fact that it is dual purpose makes it efficient in its own way). When it is hot outside, the unit grabs air from inside your home, removes the heat from it with a refrigerant and pumps it back into the home as cool air. During winter, it takes air from inside and adds heat to it before sending it back indoors to warm up your space.”
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Another common, albeit older, heating system is a boiler. Boilers heat up water and then that water is sent to bulky radiators throughout one’s home to heat those rooms. While they are indeed an efficient source of heating their large size (coupled with radiators) makes them less appealing than a furnace or heat pump system. As far as affordability, a furnace is the most economical choice with high-efficiency ratings and a $2k – $7k installation price.
The team at Temperature Control Specialties offers heating services including heat pump and furnace installation to the Indianapolis area. Call us at (317) 247-7663 to find out more about how we can help heat your home!