What kind of heating system do I have? That is an important issue, especially when the furnace isn’t operating. There are two typical kinds of furnaces. There’s forced air and there’s the boiler type.
How do you determine which you have? It’s quite easy. If you have “registers” in each space that have warm air blowing out of them, that’s forced air.
If you have radiators, either freestanding or baseboard type, that suggests that you have a boiler
Another way to use boilers is radiant floor heat. That’s a bunch of pipes that run through the floor and warm the floor up, which heats up the room. Very nice, but expensive to install.
You can have heat that’s not coming from a furnace. You could have electric baseboard heat. Or electric wall heating units. You could have a gas wall heater.
Second thing to figure out is what fuel your furnace uses. There are six common kinds.
Coal, not the typical, typically used with a boiler. If you have coal, you most likely noticed.
Electric heat is simple, but pricey. It’s the most costly heat source.
Fuel Oil, If you’ve found yourself in the house for some time then you will have filled a fuel oil storage tank. Generally used with a boiler.
LPG or propane. That’s an above ground tank that gets filled from time to time. Generally country homes, with gas heaters that don’t have gas piped to the house use propane.
Natural gas, or methane, that’s the gas which is piped to urban homes, It’s a pretty common way to heat houses. It burns clean, it’s relatively cost effective and it’s generally pretty trouble free.
Wood, you probably noticed. You ‘d have a wood stove or a fireplace in the living room and a stack of wood outdoors.
That pretty well covers it, if you reside in a house. It shouldn’t take too long to nose around and figure out exactly where the heat is or should be resulting from. Click here for further AC repair and maintenance articles