A heating system provides warmth to a home or other building by producing or developing heat energy. Traditionally, this is done by burning a fossil fuel like gas, oil, or wood. These types of systems range from 80% AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Ratio) single-stage units to 98% AFUE variable-capacity systems, which vary dramatically in the energy used and comfort level provided.
An outdated, improperly sized, or poorly installed system can cost twice as much to operate and maintain. A cheaply designed and produced heating system can have less than half the lifespan of a well-designed, quality made system. Typically, the price difference of installation is very low compared to the difference in operating, maintenance, and replacement costs.
Alternate fuel source heating systems are available and vary in their effectiveness. Geothermal heating and cooling has been utilized in the United States since 1892, and provides significant operational cost savings producing more heat than the energy required to move the heat from the ground through the home or building.
When combined with a cooling system in order to control the building year-round, the whole system is referred to as an HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air conditioning) system.
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