While the majority of homes built today are designed with some type of furnace-based central heating system, many existing homes are still equipped with boiler systems. These systems can be powered by electricity, heating oil, propane, or natural gas and are highly regarded for their ability to produce gentle, even heat.
As the temperature of the water rises inside the boiler, a system of radiators moves either steam or hot water throughout the living spaces of the home to heat them to a comfortable temperature.
The global home heating market was valued at over $33 billion in 2018, and there is no reason to believe that it will shrink or slow down any time soon. When winter rolls around, people in many different communities start reaching out to home heating professionals to handle any number of jobs. However, it is important that you recognize that it's the heating oil that makes a difference in most cases -- especially if you live somewhere that has freezing winters that necessitate running your heater all day, every day.
Getting a new furnace, air conditioner, or other HVAC equipment can make your home so much more comfortable and can also improve your energy efficiency. It sounds simple enough. Your HVAC contractor will take the old equipment out and put new equipment in its place. However, things can sometimes get a little more complicated than that, so it's helpful to ask your contractor these questions before the installation begins.
1. Does the thermostat need to be moved?