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Choosing the Right Heating System

September 24, 2021

If your heating system is older, it may be time for an upgrade. With the many heating technologies available, it can be exciting to shop for replacement options. There are a variety of models and sizes available to accommodate your home. At Jacob Heating & Cooling, we’ve put together a list of some home heating systems to consider in your search:

Heat Pump System

You can utilize a heat pump to cool and heat your home. This type of system uses a refrigerant and electricity to transfer heat, unlike a gas furnace which generates the heat directly. This makes a heat pump much more efficient than other systems, but they typically work best in moderate climates without drastic temperature changes.

Boiler System

Boilers are also known as radiator distribution systems, are a common household heating system. This type of system sends hot water or steam through pipes to provide heat. This system allows you to have zoned heating and cooling, but they are most expensive to install and run than other heating systems.


A furnace, also called a forced air distribution system, is typically powered by gas, and the air is forced through a series of ducts. Furnaces can also be powered by electricity, oil or propane, but are most commonly powered by natural gas. These are popular heating systems since the ductwork can also be used by an air conditioner in warmer months.

Furnaces and boilers are also known as central heating systems since the heat is generated in a central area of the home and is then distributed through the home.

Hybrid Heat System

With a hybrid heat system, you combine the efficiency of a heat pump and the power of a gas furnace where the heat pump will heat and cool your home, and the furnace kicks on when the temperature drops drastically.
Since both units take on some of the work, you can reduce the strain on each unit, which can lead to fewer repairs and replacements.

Radiant Heat System

This type of system works by sending hot water or electric heat through tubes located in the floor or, in some cases, the ceiling or walls. These systems can be powered by propane, electricity, oil, or gas. A radiant heat system can last for a long time, but because it is installed in the floors and sometimes the walls and ceiling, it can be costly to repair if there is an issue.  The heat source will dictate the lifespan of your radiant heating system.

Baseboard Heating

Baseboard heaters are typically used as a heating add-on or supplemental heating to an existing system but can serve as a fordable and effective heating option. You can choose between hydronic or electric heating for your baseboard heating. At Jacob Heating & Cooling, our HVAC contractors can assist you in learning more about baseboard heaters to determine if they are right for you.

Ductless Heating

With ductless mini splits, you can eliminate the need for lots of air ducts and create separate HVAC zones that each have their own thermostat. These are great options for additions that don’t have ductworks and for making larger homes more comfortable and evenly cooled or heated in the winter and summer.
What if I Already Have a Heating System?
If you already have a heating system in your home, you may consider replacing your system or upgrading to a different type of heating system to help boost performance and add value to your home.

Maintaining Your Heating System

At Jacob Heating & Cooling, we provide professional HVAC maintenance to ensure that you get the most out of your system. We provide an 18-point furnace tun-up and a 12-point air conditioner tune-up where we perform a thorough inspection of your system, clean equipment, and make recommendations for repairs or replacements for your systems.

You can also join our Comfort Club for a yearly HAVAC tune-up, 15% discounts on parts and labor, priority scheduling, and more! With this program, we will handle all of your maintenance needs, taking the pressure off of you!

Contact us today to learn more about our Comfort Club!

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