Understanding the options
Wesson Energy offers three primary heating systems:
- Boilers heat water or steam which then circulates through highly conductive pipes inside radiators in each room.
- Furnaces heat air, which is then blown through air ducts into the rooms of your house through registers.
- Heat pumps are a little more difficult to explain, but it’s helpful to think of a heat pump of as the opposite of an air conditioner, extracting heat from cool air. Heat pumps are a great way to heat OR cool a room instead of the whole house.
Choose your fuel type
Primary heating systems are powered by the fuel choices you have made for your home. There are oil-fired boilers and gas-fired boilers and oil-fired furnaces and gas-fired furnaces. A heat pump is a mechanical device but it can draw on geothermal energy or outside air.
How does a heat pump work?
During summer, a heat pump can perform the role of a highly efficient air conditioner, removing heat from inside your home and replacing it with cooled air. During winter the system works in reverse, extracting heat from cold outside air and delivering it to a hot air reservoir to be distributed into your home. When outdoor temperatures drop below 20 degrees or so, a backup heating system such as a boiler or furnace is needed to provide supplemental heat.
Where can I find more information about primary home heating options?
More detailed information on various fuel types can be found on our home heating and alternative energy pages. A Wesson home energy audit can also help you learn about your system and identify improvements that can save you money over time.
I need help choosing a home heating system. How do I get started?
Wesson Energy carriers a range of equipment in varying levels of cost and efficiency. A Wesson Energy consultant can help you decide what you need to make your house comfortable year-round, from the choices listed below. Call Wesson Energy today. 203-756-7041.