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3 Alternative Forms of Heating

Here in Dover, DE, most homes rely on traditional heating models to stay warm and cozy during the cold winter months. This usually means either a boiler (which uses pressurized steam to warm your home) or a furnace (which pushes heated air through the same series of ducts used by your air conditioner). Both are extremely effective means of warming your home and can serve you well. But they’re not the only kinds of heating system. If your home is the right fit, you might consider one of these 3 alternative forms of heating when the time comes to install a new system.

1.     Radiant Heating

Radiant heating systems eschew the forced-air of furnaces, and eliminate problems such as drafts and cold spot that often come with them. Instead, this system plants a series of tubes or coils beneath the floorboards of your home that send gentle warmth up through the furniture and the soles of your feet. As a result, your home is warmed much more effectively and cleanly than more traditional forms of heating.

2.     Geothermal Heating

Once you dig into the ground lower than about ten feet or so, the earth maintains a constant temperature, regardless of how cold it is topside. Geothermal systems simply tap into that physical constant to provide heating (and air conditioning in some cases) for your home. Tubes beneath the earth circulate a liquid that swaps the heat between your home and the earth. The system costs much less to run from month to month and is considered a very green form of heating.

3.     Heat Pumps

Heat pumps use the principles of air conditioning to provide both warm and cool air through your home via the circulation of refrigerant. Until recently, heat pumps weren’t hugely effective in our type of climate, but recent advances have made them quite viable.

Contact Atlantic Refrigeration today to install, repair or replace any of these systems!

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