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How to Compare Home Heating Systems

How to Compare Home Heating SystemsWhether you’re in the market for a new heating system or looking to review your current one, it’s important to have a good understanding of the different options available. Each system will have its advantages and disadvantages. Let’s look at the different home heating systems, along with their pros and cons.

Forced Air

This is the most common type of home heating system. Air is heated in a furnace using different fuel sources such as oil, electricity, natural gas, or propane. The furnace blows the heated air throughout your home through ducts and registers.


  • It’s relatively cheap to install and repair.
  • It heats your home quickly and evenly.


  • Many models are not energy-efficient.
  • May move air noisily and distribute airborne contaminants around your house.


These systems use hot water to distribute heat throughout your home. The water gives up its heat while passing through radiators. Residential boilers are commonly fueled by heating oil or natural gas.


  • They are energy-efficient.
  • They are quiet.


  • They distribute heat unevenly.
  • They interfere with furniture placement.

Wood-Burning Stoves

Wood stoves heat a room or a small home by burning compacted sawdust, agricultural waste or special wood pellets.


  • They are inexpensive to use because wood prices are usually lower than electricity, gas, or oil.
  • The pellets burn with little pollution or waste.


  • Malfunctioning stoves can release dangerous pollutants.

Radiant Flooring

Radiant floors consist of tubes installed directly into them or below them. Hot water flows through the tubes and heats the floor, which in turn warms objects and people in a room.


  • It heats rooms evenly.
  • The floors are versatile and can be easily paired with solar systems, geothermal home heating systems, and several other options.


  • It’s costly to install and repair.
  • It’s not applicable in every home.

As you weigh the pros and cons of the different heating systems, you should also consider your budget as well as the availability of fuel sources. For more information on home heating systems, please contact us at Sherlock Heating & Air Conditioning. We serve the San Diego area.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Diego and San Marcos, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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Reasons to Choose a Heat Pump

How to Compare Home Heating SystemsWhenever you’re faced with replacing your HVAC system, you’re also faced with an opportunity to increase your home’s efficiency. Sure, paying for a new cooling or heating system hurts the pocketbook, but it can also be an investment in a future with lower utility bills.

One of the most efficient HVAC systems around is the heat pump. Electric-powered heat pumps also offer clean heating and cooling technology and can heat or cool the home quietly and gently, without that big blast of air you’ve become accustomed to with forced air systems.

So read on and discover more about the heat pump.

How Heat Pumps Work

Heat pumps come in three modes: air source, ground source and water source. Most homeowners install air source heat pumps.

Air source heat pumps provide cooling in a way very similar to the air conditioner. Refrigerant moves between an outdoor compressor to indoor coils, where the refrigerant absorbs the heat in the home. A fan cools off the refrigerant, producing cool air that is circulated through the ductwork, while the refrigerant is pumped back to the compressor to repeat the process.

For heating, the process is reversed, with the refrigerant absorbing heat from the outdoor air, and moving it indoors. This process works well with outdoor temperatures down to the mid to lower 30s. With lower temperatures, the heat pump defaults to an electric resistance system that can be pricey to operate for long periods. That’s why heat pumps are a good bet for more temperate climates like ours, for heating or cooling.

Benefits of a Heat Pump

In addition to the benefits mentioned above heat pumps are known for the following:

  • They can reduce electricity use for heating by as much as 50 percent, when compared to furnaces or baseboard heating.
  • High-efficiency heat pumps dehumidify better than central A/Cs, so there’s less energy usage and more comfort.
  • Heat pumps are available in ductless models, making them convenient for add-ons or spaces where ducts haven’t been installed.

For more on heat pumps, contact Sherlock Heating and Air Conditioning, serving San Diego and the surrounding area.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in the greater San Diego and San Marcos, California area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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