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Long ago, people gathered around fires for warmth and comfort. Today, homeowners in Monroe, North Carolina, have myriad options when shopping for a new heating system. Whether you’re hoping to heat a big home or a small space, there’s a heating option that will meet your needs. Here are three residential heating systems available on the market this fall:

Furnace

Considered a forced air HVAC system, a furnace is the most common type of heater used in homes. A furnace works by heating air inside the unit and distributing it via ductwork into your home through registers. To heat the air, a furnace will use one of the following fuel sources: natural gas, electricity, propane or oil. It’s an inexpensive option for heating.

Pros of a Furnace

  • Only distribution method that homeowners can also use for cooling.
  • Furnaces can filter, humidify and dehumidify your home’s air.
  • Furnaces can achieve the highest Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE).

Cons of a Furnace

  • Furnaces require ductwork and space within walls.
  • You can often hear the furnace’s fan running when the unit is operating.
  • Furnaces require regular HVAC maintenance and air filtration.

Geothermal Heat Pump

Geothermal heat pumps are among the newest home heating options on the market. Also known as a ground-source heat pump, a geothermal system receives its heat from under the earth’s surface, where the temperature is constant throughout the year. To install a geothermal heat pump, a service technician must bury a loop in the ground. The type of loop you install will depend on your property’s size, its subsoil and the surrounding landscape.

Pros of a Geothermal System

  • Geothermal systems are highly durable, and an underground loop system can last more than 50 years.
  • You’ll benefit from quiet operation and won’t need to perform preventive maintenance on it as often.
  • Geothermal heat pumps transfer energy to and from the ground, eliminating the need to release harmful gasses.

Cons of a Geothermal System

  • Installing a geothermal system will cost more than a conventional and fuel-based heater.
  • A geothermal system isn’t an ideal option for properties that require extremely high or low temperatures.
  • Repairs to the underground pipes can become costly if they suffer damage.

Ductless

You’ve probably noticed a ductless heating system installed high on a wall in a home, a restaurant or an office. This type of heating system uses an outdoor compressor and an indoor air-handling unit. Homeowners can choose from either a single-zone or a multi-zone ductless system. If your home only requires a small conditioning system to heat it, a ductless system might be your best solution. Here are some other pros of investing in a ductless HVAC system:

Pros of a Ductless System

  • It’s a cost-effective alternative to an inefficient window unit or a space heater.
  • Zoning options help conserve energy and save money by better controlling temperatures throughout the home.
  • Ductless systems improve indoor air quality and lessen your carbon footprint.

Cons of a Ductless System

  • The initial cost of installing a ductless system in multiple zones can be higher than installing a whole-house unit.
  • You might feel limited by the amount of ductless designs you can choose from.
  • A ductless system might look unsightly versus a ducted system where ductwork is hidden.

There are plenty of things to consider when shopping for a new home heating system. Without professional guidance, your investment can easily turn into a wasteful nightmare.

At Byrum Heating & AC, Inc., our service technicians have decades of experience helping homeowners select, install and maintain the right heating system for their homes. Contact us at 704-208-4165 to learn more about the newest residential heating systems available on the market today.