Adding on to Your Home Heating System: 8 Tips Adding on to Your Home Heating System: 8 Tips

There are many reasons for adding to your home heating system. You may have recently added a new room to your home and  the system you currently have is not equipped to handle the extra space. Here are a few tips to help guide you as you add on to your home heating system including a discussion of the different types of systems to consider.

Forced Air System

This type of system is definitely the most common when it comes to heating and cooling. When deciding to go with this system you will want to consider some of the advantages and disadvantages. The cost of this system and upkeep are relatively inexpensive as opposed to other systems. Another advantage is that the air can be filtered, humidified and dehumidified. There are downsides to this type of system though. There is a lot of space required in the walls for duct work, people with bad allergies may have a problem with this system and some do complain about the noise. While these disadvantages aren't universal, they can happen.

Radiant Heating System

This type of system works on tuning the cold surfaces to hot and keeping the distribution comfortable in the home. While not as common as the forced air system, it is much more natural and comfortable to live with. This system is energy efficient and the heating is warm but comfortable. Some downsides though are that the system is expensive to install and while the maintenance is not expensive, it is hard to reach if a problem were to arise. It also requires its own separate network of ducts.

Hot Water System

This system uses radiation and convection to heat hot water in a boiler. This system is fueled by natural gas, oil, electricity or propane. It is energy efficient and quiet and you can keep a close control on the temperature. It does have its downsides though. The main problem is that the baseboards need to remain unobstructed which is hard for many homes, especially those with children. This system also requires its own duct network.

When choosing a heating system you also want to keep a few dos and don'ts in mind.

  • Do make sure that you are keeping your budget in mind.
  • Don't rule out a system because the initial installation is costly. Many times these are more energy efficient and pay for themselves in the future.
  • Do consider the type of lifestyle you want to live when it comes to going green or being more energy cautious.
  • Don't forget about your children when making a decision. If you have small children, keep in mind that they have toys and may obstruct floor boards while you aren't looking.
  • Do shop around and look into several different systems and companies before deciding on which one to use. Talk to friends and ask about their heating and get recommendations. You always want to research who is working on your home as this will be a lifelong relationship.

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