Image by Bonnie Bogle CC BY 2.0 Flickr Every home heating system has its ups and downs! Consider first these pros and cons of common home heating systems to help you decide the best unit for your home.
Forced air heatingPros
- Widely used and fairly inexpensive
- Existing distribution ductwork can be utilized to distribute cool, air-conditioned air in the summer
- Air can be humidified and dehumidified as well as filtered for comfort
- Convection systems that use moving air typically have cold rooms since heat ascends to the top of the area and the air flow in a room may not be balanced
- Moving air will distribute allergens and dust throughout the home
In-floor radiant heatingPros
- Silent and comfortable by providing constant, radiant heat
- Costs more to install as a retrofit
- It takes quite some time to heat individual rooms as the floor itself must heat up before the entire area feels warm
- Could be a major problem to reach water pipes in case maintenance is needed
- No ducts for air conditioning
Steam/Hot water radiatorsPros
- Provides a very even and constant temperature
- Rather than moving air, steam or hot water radiators use radiant heating and most homeowners find radiant heating more comfortable
- Many homeowners perceive radiators as unattractive and old-fashioned
- The system has no ductwork in place to distribute cool air in the summer so air conditioning a home is more costly.
- Radiators take up space in a room and limit furniture arrangement
Hot water baseboardsPros
- Allow temperature control in individual rooms
- Virtually soundless and provide radiant, constant heat
- Though less obtrusive than radiators, baseboard heaters still limit furniture placement.
- Baseboard heaters can’t be hidden with drapes or furniture