So, What is Central Heating?
In need of a need heating option for your home and don’t know where to start? Let’s begin with central heating, the most common version of home heating. Central heating provides warmth to the entire interior of a home. This can range from a one room home to a house with multiple rooms. The heat generation occurs in a single room, and then is transferred to other rooms in multiple ways. This room would be something like a boiler room, furnace room, or basement. Let’s explore the different types of central heating and how they work.
Furnace heating occurs when heated air is blown through ducts in a home. There’s two kinds of furnaces; ducted warming air and forced warm air distribution. They are powered by fuel oil and distributed by grills or air registers. What happens is that fuel is mixed with air and burned, then this heats a metal heat exchanger, which transfers the warmth into the air. This can be a very efficient way to heat a home, depending on how large the house is. Next, let’s look at boiler systems.
Boilers are forms of water heaters that carry heat into the warm air. This happens when water is boiled in a boiler, and then pushed through a delivery system powered by a pump. The water gives up heat as it passes through a radiator and then the cold water is returned to the boiler to be reheated. These delivery systems are sometimes called hydronic systems. Boiler systems and furnace heaters can both use condensing technology for more efficient heating, which can cause less at the end of the day. Lastly, let’s take a look at heat pumps and what they have to offer.
Heat Pumps are essentially, simplistically, a 2-way air conditioner. Just as an AC unit can take air from outside and use energy to make it cold, a heat pump basically does the same thing. There are two different types of this forced warm air delivery, air-source and ground-source. Air-source is the more common system, as it is cheaper and easier to install for the everyday person. This uses the air outside a window as its source, which is then heated by form of electricity. Aside from this, ground-source is a little less common but a more stable form of heating, as it involves a loop being buried in the ground, which is then used to create a more consistent temperature.
Although central heating is only one style of heating you can utilize for your home, it is seemingly very effective and efficient, depending on the system you use. To learn more about heating systems, feel free to contact us, or reach us directly by calling 781-944-8043.