The Lowdown on Heating Systems
Boiler: Uses gas or electricity to generate heat, then transfers that heat through a heat exchanger to deliver hot water or steam throughout the home.
Furnace: Uses gas or electricity to generate heat, then transfers that heat through a heat exchanger to deliver hot air throughout the home through ductwork.
Electric Baseboard: Using electric resistance, electricity is converted to heat energy. It tis then transferred throughout the building via baseboard units typically found at the bottom of the wall. Homes heated primarily through electric baseboard are often referred to as “all-electric” buildings.
Heat Pumps: Working like a refrigerator, but in reverse, heat pumps move heat from outside to inside. They can be used as a space heater or cooler, and are sometimes called “reverse-cycle air conditioners”. Heat pumps can be up to 2-3 times more energy-efficient when compared to electric baseboards.