Which climate control units offer the simplest heating installation, repair, and maintenance methods? Here is a comparison of some of the major types available today.
So which climate control system is the most efficient, easiest to install, and has low installation and heating repair fees? There is no one magic unit that is perfect for each individual or house, but regardless if you are living in a dorm for six months or planning on building your dream home, there is a system that will work best for your needs and expectations. Here is a comparison of the current types of heaters available on the market.
If you’re on a tight budget or just want to warm a small area, portable heaters, also known as space heaters, are affordable options, ranging from $30 to $100. They come in different sizes, but even the small ones, which no taller than one foot, can pack a punch. They require little maintenance and plug into the wall, so they can be moved room to room as needed. They come in electric, kerosene, and gas varieties. Regardless of type, one big problem is the fire risk. If left unattended or too close to an object, it can start a fire. Space heaters have been responsible for many homes burning down as well as deaths. One should never leave the unit unattended while plugged in, and it should always be stored safely when not in use.
These types of climate control systems require a boiler or furnace (generally located in an unused area of the home such as a basement) and a series of ducts that carries the heated area throughout the area. Water, electric, and gas are the most commonly found varieties in homes. Installing an entirely new system is expensive and will cost thousands of dollars as the ductwork will need to be customized. Even replacing a boiler will quickly drain your wallet, so heating repair costs need to be budgeted. Overall, however, the performance of a well-maintained and designed central heat system is much better than portable or limited area systems. They will also raise the value of a home. In warmer climates, they are generally unnecessary and are not as common unless combined with an air conditioning unit.
New homes and remodelers are looking towards under floor or radiation heaters for more efficiency. There are hydronic and electric systems which run either heated water or electricity below the surfaces of the home (while the floor is the most common, they can be used in walls and ceilings as well). Instead of warming the air, the heat warms the object that it touches. Installation and heating repair will be expensive, but this disadvantage tends to balance out with high performance and lower energy bills. Homes that utilize radiation heat are often more comfortable and retain a much steadier temperature than air-based systems.
Solar Water Heater
For those seeking an eco-friendly alternative to gas or electric options, solar power is the way to go. It works by harnessing the sun’s power to do the work for you without resorting to non-renewable resources. Water is collected and then heated by the sun, which is then pumped into the home. It is a popular method in several other countries, and might gain momentum in the US as well.