How to Choose A Heating System for Your Home

When it comes to heating systems, you have several options. It’s important to get this decision right as heating your home makes up over 40% of your energy bills. You also need to consider the cost of installing the system.

Central Heating System

Most homes in the United States and Canada have central heating systems. Furnaces are the most common central heating system, although heat pumps are becoming increasingly popular. While all heat pumps run on electricity, you can buy electric and gas furnaces. In these systems, warm air is blown through ductwork throughout your home.

Gas furnaces are less expensive to operate than electric furnaces, although they cost a bit more to install. Heat pumps are more expensive than furnaces, but they are highly energy efficient.


A boiler is a special-purpose water heater that heats your home. It distributes heated water through pipes and radiators. Heated water flows through your home and returns to the boiler, where it’s reheated. Most use natural gas as their fuel. They tend to be a little more expensive than furnaces.

Butler Heating & Air Conditioning in Dayton, OH, installs furnaces, heat pumps, boilers, and air conditioning units. We’re proud to be a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer that services all makes and models.

Heat Pump

Heat pumps have the advantage of heating and cooling your home. There are air heat pumps and ground source heat pumps. They draw heat from the outdoors and use it to heat your home in the winter. They do the opposite in the summer.

Heat pumps are generally more expensive than furnaces and boilers. Ground source heat pumps are more expensive than air heat pumps. However, both are very efficient, so you save a lot of money on your utility bills.

Butler Heating & Air Conditioning can also repair and maintain your heating systems. We’re also known for our air conditioner, hot water heater and plumbing services. Please call today to schedule an appointment.