Boiler Radiator System
- Traditional radiator systems used ungainly and unappealing radiators for delivering heat to a room. Today's radiators are available in glass, stone, aluminum, pressed steel and stainless steel. Old-fashioned cast iron radiators are capable of retaining the heat produced by warming water for a longer period, but they take longer to heat up. The metal radiators are much more efficient conductors of heat, but don't retain it as long as cast iron. Glass and stone types heat a chemical element with electricity that serves to heat the construction material so it can radiate up to 80% of the heat out to the room.
Baseboard Radiator System
- Baseboard radiator heating systems use a radiator system to deliver heat to a low-profile unit situated along the floor. One type of baseboard radiator uses either a single or double row of convection fins, while others use a long piece of coil. The advantage of baseboard radiator systems is that they can heat more air than traditional radiators.
- Heating systems installed under the floor have become very popular in the last few decades. This type of heating system is most efficiently used in houses with a lot of floor space. Pipes or cables are installed in the solid floor or just beneath a suspended floor. This equipment essentially acts like a radiator the size of an entire room. A big advantage of underfloor heating systems is that they don't require excessively high temperatures to distribute heat evenly, thus making this one of the most energy efficient heating systems available.
Forced Warm Air Furnace
- A forced warm air central heating system using a furnace is a pervasive system. Cold air is warmed and delivered throughout the home via a system of air ducts. Some of this warm air released into the house makes it way back through the system to be warmed once again after it has slightly cooled. Heating furnaces can be fueled by either electricity or gas.
Forced Cool Air System
- The same central furnace system that heats cool air can also do just the opposite to cool the house. The furnace cools warm air and the duct system delivers the cooled air to each room.
Window Air Conditioner
- A window air conditioner is a small unit that usually fits inside a window frame, but technically it could be located anywhere it would fit and be supported. The primary difference between this type of air conditioner and a central system, aside from size, is that the smaller appliance is designed to distribute cool air primarily inside the room in which it is located instead of providing the even distribution of cool air throughout the house as with a central system.