What kind of heater do I want?

I have been on the hunt for a new heating system and I am just not sure what to get. There are quite a few options when it comes to heating equipment. First, there are furnaces to consider. You can have a gas, oil or electric heating system. The gas furnace is the most traditional kind. Gas can be quite cheap however there are some safety risks. If you are not on it with heating maintenance this system could quickly catch fire. The oil option has an onsite oil tank that is large and an eyesore. The electric furnace is quite expensive to run. Next there are heated flooring systems. You either can go with electric heated mats or install piping within the floorboards that hot water flows through. For both options the floors need to be completely torn up and redone. Not a lot of people happen to need a new heater and new flooring at the same time. The second method is much more efficient and smarter, but that requires a boiler system. A boiler system is a heavy duty heater that can be used in hydronic heating, baseboard heating and through radiators. The issue is that this system is so darn expensive. It is also quite large and most people don’t have the space for it. A heat pump is a lot more minimalist but you are going into a high initial installation cost. A geothermal heat pump saves you quite a bit of energy each month. The snag with this system is that the outdoor unit needs to be installed underground with a loop pattern.

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