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The Pros and Cons of Different Heating Systems

heat-pump-cashWe’re getting close to the end of summer. That means it’s time to start getting your home ready for the fall and winter. That might mean scheduling preventive maintenance for your heating system, or it may mean installing an entirely new one. If you do happen to be in the market for a new heating system this season, you have many options to choose from. Let’s go over a few of the most popular heating options for your home.


It might not be flashy, but there is a reason that the furnace is one of the most popular heating system types in the country after so many years. Furnaces are good at what they do: heating the home in an affordable and effective manner. There are a wide variety of different furnace types, making it easier to find the perfect one for your individual needs. Furnaces are not the perfect solution in every situation, of course. If you’re looking for something that will save you a lot of energy from month to month, for example, you might want to look elsewhere. Still, there are plenty of ways to benefit from installing a furnace in your home.

Heat Pumps

A heat pump is an air conditioner, but one that can actually reverse the direction refrigerant flows through its system. This enables it to act as either a heater or air conditioner. Many homeowners install heat pumps for this reason. By using just one climate control system throughout the year, you save a lot of money and space over the traditional two-system layout.

Heat pumps are quite energy efficient most of the time, though they do tend to suffer in extremely cold environments. The colder it is, the less ambient heat is available in the surrounding air for the system to harvest. If you’re worried about those freezing nights having an adverse effect on your heat pump, perhaps it would be better to consider a different system.


Boiler-based heating systems have been around for many decades, and continue to offer some attractive options for home heating. A boiler doesn’t use forced air to distribute heat. Rather, it relies on a network of pipes installed in the subfloor of each room in the house. The system heats and pumps water through these pipes during operation, which radiate heat up through the floor and into the room.

Boiler systems have many advantages, including energy efficiency and comfort. They heat rooms more evenly than forced air systems, since the thermal energy they distribute is transmitted through solid objects. They also don’t have to worry about duct leaks, which are responsible for output losses of up to 30% in centralized forced air heating systems. However, they do require a bit of extra construction to install. Most homes are not already outfitted with the pipe network necessary for boilers, so it must be installed at the same time.

DB Heating & Cooling, Inc. provides a full range of heating installation services in Allendale, NJ. If you need a heating system installed in your home, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our expert technicians.  

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