Types of Heating Systems and Their Benefits

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Winter is just around the corner, so it’s the perfect time to look into what types of heating systems there are out there whether you’re thinking of replacing an old system, getting your first one installed, or repairing your current one. You’ll be happy to know that there are a large variety of heating technologies available on the market and come in different models and sizes in order to suit your needs and work well with your size of home. If you have any questions about any of these systems, please speak with our heating repair specialists at Buckhorn Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc.


Also known as a forced air distribution system, furnaces are usually gas powered. Air is sent through a series of ducts that sends heated air throughout the home. Electricity, oil, and propane are other options that are used in U.S. homes, however, most use natural gas. The reason it’s so popular is that the same ductwork can be used during the summer for your air conditioner.


One of the other common heating systems is a boiler. Boilers cost more than furnaces to install and run but allow you to do zoned heating and cooling by sending hot water or steam through pipes to provide heating. Both furnaces and boilers are referred to as central heating systems because the heat is sent throughout the home after being generated in a central area.

Radiant Heating

Radiant heat can come from electricity, propane, gas, or oil and sends hot water through tubes in the floor or walls. Although these systems have a great lifespan, they can’t usually be repaired for cheap.

Heat Pumps

A heat pump uses electricity and refrigerant to heat or cool the home. They work by transferring heat instead of generating heat like a gas furnace would. Although they work much better in areas with moderate temperatures, they can be much more efficient than other heating systems.

Hybrid System

A hybrid heating system is the best of both worlds. It combines the power of gas furnace with the energy efficiency of a heat pump. Another great benefit is that your system will last longer without needing significant repairs because it’s not just relying on one system.

The type of heater that you choose will be heavily dependent on the overall design of your home and its size. Although the majority of homes rely on a central natural gas furnace, that doesn’t necessarily mean it will be right for you.

Speak With A Heating Specialist

Here at Buckhorn Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. we are heating and cooling specialists. When winter finally comes around, we want you to be ready with the perfect heating system that’s right for your home, your preferences, and your budget. Northern Colorado is known for having pretty cold winters so it’s best to be prepared when the time comes. Visit us online or give us a call today for a free heating system consultation.

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