There are 3 broad types of home heating (and/or cooling) systems, and within each broad type, there are many variations. Some heating systems share components with the home’s cooling equipment, and some systems provide both heating and cooling.
Heating is more expensive than any other home system, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. But not all heating systems have the same impact on your comfort, wallet or the environment. Some are more cost-effective than others, and some are just more suited logistically and conditions wise to your home than others. Not every system will fit in every home. The term HVAC—heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning—is used to describe the overall climate control system in a home.
Heating systems can use a variety of fuel sources, including natural gas, propane, fuel oil, biofuel (such as wood), and electricity. Some homes have more than one heating system, for example when a basement is heated by a different system than the rest of the house, since its much rarely in need of heating, the price of a separate heating unit is justified by the saving on heat throughout the years.
The three types of broad heating systems are central heating, direct heat and advanced tech heating.
Central heat– Furnace, boilers or heat pumps.
Direct heat– gas-fired space heaters, unvented gas-fired heaters, electric space heaters, fireplace or wood-burning and pellet stoves.
Advanced tech heating– radiant floor heat, combined heat and power, ductless units, mini-split units or multi-split units. These are all the different types of heating solutions in each type, you can see prices near you for the ones you like! For Winter is Coming.