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What is the most common type of heating system?

The most common type of home heating system is a forced-air heating and cooling system. This type of heater involves a furnace, which is commonly powered by natural gas, forcing air through a series of ducts that distribute the hot air through different rooms in a house. Furnaces can run on other types of fuel, including electricity, propane and oil. This type of heating system is quite popular because it doubles as a path for air conditioning in the summer.

What is the most efficient heating system for a house?

Geothermal heating tends to be the most efficient way to heat a house when compared to traditional HVAC systems, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Geothermal heat pumps (also called ground-source heat pumps) transfer energy to and from the ground to supply heat, cool air and hot water.

Note that one of the most important ways to boost efficiency, save electricity and lower your heating bills is to make sure your house is weather-tight and well-insulated.

How much does it cost to install a heating system?

The cost of a heating system depends largely on the type and size of the heating system. For example:

To find out how much your new heating system will cost, contact heating and air companies near you and ask for free cost estimates.

How long does it take to install a new heating system?

A new heating system generally takes a few days to install. Jobs that require new ductwork will take more time. And switching to a different type of heat fuel — propane, natural gas, oil or electricity — may require longer installation times as well, as they could require routing piping, regulators and other adjustments to your home.

How does a central heating system work in a house?

A central heating system consists of a boiler, heat pump or furnace. The furnace contains several parts, including burners that deliver and burn fuel, a blower, heat exchangers, a blower and a flue. The furnace will push air through the heat exchanger. Then, it will pump the warmed air through your air ducts to distribute heat throughout your home.

In the summertime, a central heating system can also provide air conditioning to cool and dehumidify your home.

What is a dual fuel heating system?

Dual fuel systems combine two types of heat fuels — typically gas and electric, the latter in the form of a heat pump — to boost heating performance and efficiency. These systems work with your furnace to deliver both hot and cold air.  A major advantage lies in the power of a heat pump, which provides cool air in the summer and heat in the winter.

When should you replace a heating system?

The better care you take of your heating system, the longer it will last. The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors estimates the following lifespans for heating systems:

  • Heat exchanger: 10-15 years
  • Heat pump: 10-15 years
  • Furnace: 15-25 years
  • Electric radiant heater: 40 years

If your heating system is broken, hire a contractor or a repair service to take a look at it. They can help you determine if it makes financial sense to replace your system or spend money on repairs. The good news is that replacing your old furnace will give you the opportunity to take advantage of newer, more efficient furnaces that can save you money on heating bills from the first cycle. 

What is a radiant heating system?

A radiant heating system can be installed in your floors or wall panels. A radiant floor heating system warms your home from the ground, providing uniform heating throughout your home. These systems are quiet, and they don’t require ductwork.

How does a hot water baseboard heating system work?

In a hot water baseboard heating system, a boiler heats water and then the water passes through the system’s pipes and into the baseboard radiators in your home. Baseboard heating systems are generally quiet, and you’ll experience less heat loss when compared to a forced-air system. However, you can’t use radiant basement heating for cooling purposes.

Reviews for Chicago hvac professionals
Bryan B.
They do good work. They really know boilers and radiator systems. I’m grateful for their work.
Dukes heating(708)90HEAT3- licensed bonded insuredDukes heating(708)90HEAT3- licensed bonded insured
Niall M.
Replace a boiler. TDH provided the most competitive price of 3 quotes. Easy and flexible to get quote and schedule work. Job was done in one day. Professional knowledgeable team. Minor follow up issues with radiator that need to be bled was quickly resolved.
Jennifer T.
Armin was outstanding. He was thorough and efficient with my old radiators in our rental units. He replaced the old worn parts and had everything up and running good as new. I highly recommend him and will be using his services moving forward for our heating issues! ** Called Armin again to replace boiler and he was AMAZING. Rushed over to take care of the emergency. Ordered , assembled and installed a new boiler for our rental building. Is neat and organized and all around great guy. He will be my "go to" for all heating issues from here on out.
Fusion Heating 773/6552390Fusion Heating 773/6552390
Volley G.
This review only concerns steam boilers, not other types of furnaces/boilers. Good points: - Armin is professional, communicative, and accommodating - His team was extremely responsive when they know you're boiler is down and they were willing to juggle their schedule to take care of you in a no-heat situation - They have an extremely knowledge partner, Craig Palmer, when it comes to steam boilers - They were very persistent in finishing the job correctly - Not only replaced the boiler with an upgraded system but, they redesigned the piping that was incorrectly installed by the previous installer (it was missing a Hartford loop and other issues too). - The boiler's enclosure bottom bracket in the new installation kit was too short and Fusion was persistent with the vendor to get the correct length - very good follow through Downsides: - The other staff weren't as knowledgeable with steam boilers and I felt like our project was an opportunity for them to learn at our expense. When Craig wasn't there, the workflow seemed slower. - Took 1-2 weeks after turning on the system before they came back to get the water level adjusted correctly. It was overfilling prior to that and the heat was inconsistent at the apartment radiators. - It took 5-6 weeks to get: - Three boiler vents replaced that were needed to truly stabilize the system - A mechanical low cutoff valve cover replaced that covers live electrical terminals because it got thrown out accidentally with the old boiler - Follow up appointments with Craig were scheduled and then missed due to work taking longer at other customers. I understand about busyness but, don't say you will be coming and then not show up. I felt the job was done very well with a hiccups along the way that stretched out the time to completion. I would hire them again for steam boiler work if these issues are worked out before starting the job. I have a solid functioning and well designed boiler heating system now that I paid a reasonable price for.
Fusion Heating 773/6552390Fusion Heating 773/6552390
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