Choosing the right heating system for your home is sometimes a difficult choice to make. One question which a lot of people ask is, how do they go about designing and make the right choice of heating system for your home. Choosing a heating system is not that complicated but make sure it is the right choice is the basic thing.
What is a heating system?
Heating systems are mechanisms designed for regulating and maintaining the temperature at an acceptable level. This is done by using thermal energy within an apartment. A heating system is classified as HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) system. The system can either central or distributed.
Basic Things to Consider Before Choosing A Heating System
There are three major things to be considered.
The Heat Source: What kind of heat source do you want to make use of, is it a boiler (biomass, oil, or whether gas) a solar or heat pump energy.
The airtightness and insulation partner of the house: The airtightness and insulation partner of the house will determine how much heat will be needed in the house.
Heat distribution: The way the heat will be distributed, do you need radiators or underfloor heating (UFH)? For the purpose of efficiency, UFH is most considered.
Another factor that can also be considered is whether it runs on gas. Gas a considered being cheaper compared to other fuels
How Do These Factors Affect Your Choice
Heat need for each compartment
You should calculate the heat needed for each compartment /room. This will give you the choice of a radiator to install and also the sizes of the pipes. This will help to find areas which need improvement, especially when working on existing building.
The UFH is a bit more expensive to install, but the UFH allows for a zone control. This means that the UFH allows you to control the heat been delivered to each room or compartment
Radiators a more expensive than the UFH, also the radiators are position-determined. Radiator uses programmable thermostats, but because the thermostat is close to the radiator, it becomes difficult to control the temperature accurately for the whole room/compartment
Naturally, weather constantly changes; this makes it very important to install a heating system that is a weather compensator. This will make sure that it circulates the required heat at the required weather condition
The main question is the source of heat, which is where we started from, is it going to be a heat pump or a boiler. The decision of the type of heat source is determined by this features which will lead to the right decision. Here it is;
If gas for mains is not easily accessible for you, then the cost of laying a pipe underground can be prohibitive. The price of heating oil is also to be considered as this varies in some locations Availability of space for a ground-source heat pump should be put in mind The kind of work needed to be done for a biomass boiler
In the case where you can carefully establish the various choice of heating systems and eliminate the options that cannot be used by you, then the right answer will be standing in front of you.