Tips & Advice
How much does it cost to put in a new heating system?
The cost of putting in a new heating system is going to depend on a variety of things. The square footage of your house is a big factor. How’s your home's insulation?
What type of system are you planning to buy? Each system has its own hardware and installation variable, so price points will vary.
Are you converting to gas or oil? Add in the cost of running gas or oils lines to your house.
Are you digging underground or is it all above ground, like solar?
What system are you replacing? It’ll have to be removed and disposed of, so the more complicated or elaborate set up you have, the more it will cost to remove or install.
Finally, you have to consider contractor fees. Luckily there are a lot of resources available to find quality candidates. To get a real idea of cost you will need to get estimates from contractors and/or full service hardware stores that sell and install systems.
What is hydronic heating?
Hydronic heating is a newer technology that is water or liquid based and uses green technologies to heat or cool your home. Water (or an alternative liquid), is heated and then sent through a network of tubing or piping that sits under the floors. This system literally heats the floor, and the heat then rises up to heat the room. Imagine no more cold floors on those chilly winter mornings! Hydronic heating is an efficient method of delivering heat cheap and leaves no carbon footprint.
Solar heating is a method where the sun’s energy is collected by panels and converted to reusable energy. The sunlight collected is converted to direct current (DC) by photovoltaic cells in the panels. Then an inverter converts the DC current into alternating current (AC) and the panels send that electricity out and into your home to power things like your TV, computer, game consoles, and air conditioner. The more sunlight you have access to, the more energy you can produce. In some areas, solar powered homeowners can sell or trade the excess power they have accumulated to local power companies.
Which type of heating system is cheapest to operate?
Solar heating is the cheapest to operate. Once you have the hardware in place, the energy is free. That’s an awesome deal if you live in sunny climates, but in areas of less sunshine, specifically more extreme climates, you will likely have to have alternative heating methods available to you for when solar energy is not available.
What is a warm air heating system?
A warm air heating system is one of the most common types of residential heating systems. Cooler air that filters through a heat exchanger is warmed, and then blown directly into rooms via vents in your floors, walls, or ceilings. These types of furnaces are generally fueled by gas or electricity. The system heats the air directly and immediately.
What is the most efficient heating system?
The most efficient heating system is going to be solar, because outside of the initial hardware costs, solar energy is free. Of course the downside is you might not live in an area with a lot of sunlight, which means you’ll need to compliment your solar power with other energy sources, like fuel or electricity, when solar power runs low. Wood stoves are the next most efficient, but you’ll need to buy wood and make a fire every day. Gas is the next most efficient, especially when gas prices are low, but they tend to fluctuate during peak usage times of the year. For pure efficiency, solar is the way to go. Regardless of what system you choose, make sure to have the proper insulation in your house to maximize heat (or cold) retention.