Is it time to purchase or replace your home heating system (or air conditioning system)? You have options. Let’s discuss some of the most popular types of heating systems in the Northeast – and popular HVAC companies.

Natural Gas Fired Heating System

Natural gas generates heat in your home by creating warm air, hot water, or steam.

The most common type of natural gas system in the U.S. is a forced-air central heating system. This forced air system uses a natural gas burner to heat air, which is then circulated through a house’s ductwork by a blower.

A natural gas boiler system heats water to create steam that is circulated through the home through pipes or radiators. Hot water systems use radiant heat to warm a home.

Natural gas heaters are popular in cold areas, as this heating method feels warmer than other systems, such as electric heaters.

A natural gas furnace costs between $3,800 to $10,000 to replace – including installation.

Oil-Fired Heating Systems

Oil-fired heating systems work by turning the fuel oil into a fine spray, which is then mixed with air. This combination is ignited in the combustion chamber. The surrounding air absorbs the heat in the heat exchanger, and a blower sends this heated air through ducts.

The oil furnace is a common heating system in the Northeast. They tend to last longer than gas furnaces and won’t leak carbon monoxide.

Oil-fired heating systems cost between $6,750 to $10,000 or more to replace – including installation.

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Air Source Heat Pumps

A heat pump pulls heat from the outdoor air. This heat runs through a condenser and is emitted into your home. There are other types of heat pumps. For example, geothermal heat pumps pull heat from the ground.

Heat pumps are known for being energy-efficient, long-lasting systems.

An air source heat pump costs between $4,000 and $8,000. Geothermal or ground-source heat pumps are considerably more expensive and can cost up to $30,000 to install.

Electric Heating Systems

While electric furnaces are prevalent in some parts of the country, we would like to highlight a different type of electric heating system in this article. A duct-free mini-split HVAC system is equipped with a heat pump. The unit pulls heat from outside your home, runs it through the condenser, and emits it into individual rooms.

Mini-split heaters are great for providing supplemental warmth in frequently visited areas of the home (not to be confused with electric space heaters.) They are also helpful for room additions and garages.

Ductless mini-split heat pumps cost between $5,000 and $8,000 per zone.

What We Have Learned About Home Heating Systems

  • There are several types of heating systems. They are typically organized by energy or fuel source.
  • Some of the most common types of heating systems in the Northeast include natural gas furnaces, oil-fired furnaces, heat pumps, and ductless mini splits (for supplemental heating).
  • Expect to pay $10,000 or more for a new heating system for your home.

What is the Best Home Heating System (and HVAC Company) for You?

There’s a lot to consider when selecting a heating system – including the cost of the unit, the cost of the energy or fuel to use it, and the energy efficiency of each system. You also should factor in the price of maintaining the HVAC system and the unit’s expected lifespan.

Schedule an on-site consultation with your HOP Energy HVAC representative to discover what type of heating system would be best for your situation. HOP Energy aims to provide their clients “Home Comfort All Season Long.” We will be happy to discuss your heating and cooling needs and answer any questions you have about improving your home’s indoor air quality. Fill out this contact form to schedule your free consultation today.

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