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What Type of Heater Do I Have?

Don’t overlook the importance of a little knowledge when it comes to the type of heater your home utilizes. Arming yourself with information offers considerable advantages, including extending system life, controlling heating costs, and affecting comfort levels.

What type of heater is keeping you and your family safe and warm?


Furnaces, a type of forced air central heating system, produce heat via coils. They are one of the most commonly used heating systems, particularly in colder climates. Furnaces consume natural gas, propane, heating oil, biodiesel, or electricity in order to heat your home. That heated air is distributed, with the help of a motorized blower, throughout your home via ductwork.


Boilers, another commonly used heater, heat water to provide warmth. Like furnaces, they also use natural gas, propane, heating oil, biodiesel, or electricity to operate. There are two types, hot water and steam type boilers, which distribute heat via pipes throughout your home to steam radiators, baseboard heaters, or radiant floor systems. They may also be used to heat air via a coil.

Heat Pump

Heat pumps do not generate heat. They use electricity to move heat from a cool area to a warm one and thus can be efficiently used to heat or cool your home. Due to their nature of being unable to generate heat, they are not recommended for areas of extreme cold and are a better choice for warmer climates. There are two types: standard heat pumps installed outdoors, and geothermal heat pumps, which are installed in the earth to take advantage of naturally consistent temperatures below ground for better control of the climate in your home.

Packaged Unit

Packaged units combine all the necessary components for both heating and cooling into a single cabinet outside your home, distributing conditioned air via ductwork. Operating using electric or gas, these dual-use systems eliminate the need for a separate heating system inside your home.

Determining Heater Type By Region

There is no cut-and-dry way to determine the type of heater your home utilizes by region, as a variety of factors come into play, including:

  • Climate zone
  • The type of energy sources available to your home
  • Gas versus electric rates and service charges
  • And more…

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