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Cost-friendly home heating

There are many ways to heat your home during the winter. Heating your home accounts for about 40 percent of your energy bill so it is important to use cost-friendly home heating options. There are a variety of options available to heat your house.

Solar heating:

Active solar heating systems use solar energy to heat a fluid — either liquid or air — and then transfer the solar heat directly to the interior space or to a storage system for later use. Air collectors can be installed on a roof or an exterior (south-facing) wall for heating one or more rooms. The collector has an airtight and insulated metal frame and a black metal plate for absorbing heat. Solar radiation heats the plate that then heats the air in the collector. An electric fan or blower pulls air from the room through the collector and then blows it back in to the room.

Electric resistance heating:

If electricity is the only choice heat pumps are preferable in most climates because they easily cut electricity use by 50 percent when compared with electric resistance heating. If you live in dry climate areas such as West Texas there are so few heating days that the high cost of heating is not economically significant.

Furnaces and boilers:

Most homes in the U.S. are heated with either furnaces or boilers. Furnaces heat air and distribute the heated air through the house using ducts. Boilers heat water and provide either hot water or steam for heating. Steam is distributed via pipes to steam radiators and hot water can be distributed via baseboard radiators, radiant floor systems or can heat air via a coil.

Steam Radiator: Steam heating is one of the oldest heating technologies, but the process of boiling and condensing water is inherently less efficient than more modern systems. In addition, there tends to be significant lag times between the boiler turning on and the heat arriving in the radiators.

Hot water radiator: Hot-water radiators are one of the most common heat distribution systems in newer homes, second only to forced-air systems. They are typically a baseboard-type radiator or an upright design that resembles steam radiators. Hot water leaves the furnace and moves in a continuous loop, returning back to the furnace as cooler water where it is then reheated.

Source: Energy.Gov

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