In the cold of winter, having a fully functional heating system is of the utmost importance for providing a safe and comfortable environment for your family or employees. Your heating system works faithfully to remove cold air and provide warm, clean air back through your duct system and air vents. Unfortunately, most older systems are significantly less efficient than newer ones, which could be costing you more in monthly energy expenses than you need to be spending. If you are considering replacing your system with a newer, more efficient one, keep in mind that there are a variety of heating systems to choose from. Detailed below are a few of these options.


Furnaces are typically the most common choice for heating a home. Furnaces use some form of fuel, typically gas or oil, to heat the air and distribute it throughout the air ducts. One important factor to consider when choosing a furnace, is its Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency (AFUE). Expressed as a percentage, the AFUE determines fuel efficiency based on the furnace’s ability to convert fuel into heat. The higher the percentage, the more efficient the system. In general, gas furnaces tend to be more efficient than those using oil. Carrier offers a wide variety of systems with AFUE ranging from 80% to 98.5%.

Boilers work similar to furnaces by heating water to provide heat with either water or steam, rather than forced air. Water boilers are most common, and both are similarly powered by gas or oil. Carrier boilers range in AFUE from 81.6% to 90%.

Heat Pumps

Heat pumps, which also offer cooling functions, are another option that is ideal for heating your home or business. Working reversely from its cooling function, the heat pump removes cool air from your home and pumps it outside, leaving the warmer air indoors. The efficiency of heat pumps is measured by the Heating Seasonal Performance Factor (HSPF). The higher the HSPF, the more efficient the system is considered to be. In 2006, the U.S. Department of Energy determined that all newly manufactured heat pumps should have a minimum HSPF of 7.7. Carrier heat pumps offer HSPF ranging from 9 to 13.

Radiant Heating

Radiant heating is another option you may choose for your home, in which heat is directly applied to the floor, walls, or ceiling from a heat source. Radiant floor heating is most common, with two types: electric and hydronic. As evidenced by their names, electric radiant floors use electricity to heat the floors while hydronic radiant floors use hot water.

Have a space with no ductwork? Mini ductless and split systems are available to heat small spaces safely and efficiently. One of our trained staff can help you evaluate your needs to determine which system type would be the best fit. If you are looking to replace your existing system, call Simanton Mechanical today to learn more about our high quality products and affordable installation services.