We are now living in the age of technology, and the tech boom of recent decades hasn’t overlooked home heating services, either! There are so many new options for heating your home now, that you’re sure to find one that is perfect for you and your loved ones!
Read on to learn more about some of the top heating technologies available today!
Using Solar Energy
To heat your home with solar energy, solar panels have to be installed either on your roof or in your yard. These panels absorb the radiant light from the sun and convert it into the energy that is used to heat the air in your house.
Solar energy is helpful in powering HVAC systems because it is a renewable energy source and it requires little regular maintenance. It can also save you money on your monthly energy bill, depending on how much energy you produce and how much heat you use. You can even get money back from the government if you have a leftover power that can be transferred to the main plant!
Facts on Geothermal Energy
Geothermal energy is a process by which your home is heated using energy that is produced in the Earth’s core and housed in the Earth’s crust.
Like solar power, geothermal energy comes from a renewable energy source. In some ways, it may be considered more prudent than solar energy, because it is accessible almost anywhere on Earth, doesn't require large equipment like panels and turbines, and doesn't get those low-energy fluctuations that you might experience with solar or wind energy. Geothermal heating is also cost competitive, when compared to other renewable energy sources, and can save you as much as 30%-70% per month on your heating bill.
Heat pumps run on the simple concept of making indoor air warmer by moving warm air from outside, inside. That's all! They are great if you're looking for a cost-effective alternative to heat your home. On average, a heat pump will cost you about a quarter of what a conventional heater might. They are even a viable option for people with no ductwork in their home because they also come in mini-split systems.
Oil Heating Furnaces
Oil heaters have a heating element at the bottom that heats up the oil (but doesn’t burn it), which in turn heats the metal walls of the heater, which then transfer the heat into other air around them. Oil lamps are notable for their efficiency. Most only lose about 10% to 20% of the heat they produce to exhaust.
Natural Gas-Powered Heaters
Natural gas furnaces are not necessarily a new idea, but they are still very popular. Part of this popularity is because gas furnaces have been around for so long- people have come to think of them as a reliable way to keep their homes comfortable. Gas heaters are also very efficient. Some more high-end models have as high as a 90% efficiency rating, and even those on the lower end of the price line are no less than 78% efficient!
Electric Central Heaters
Electric heaters are also very popular in American homes thanks to the ease of use they offer. Electrically powered central heating systems are relatively easy and affordable to install, and the maintenance is also not very costly. Today's technology has even made electric heating more energy efficient!