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What is the Most Efficient Heating System?

Different things come to mind when you think about what the best heating system for your home entails. 
However, when thinking about the most efficient heating system, this narrows the list significantly.  Essentially, when thinking efficiency, the system you choose should minimize your energy use realistically and cost-effectively.

Most Efficient Heating Systems
Efficient heating systems are not only good for your pocket; they are good for the environment as well. 
Here are the top home heating systems for your consideration. 

Geothermal heat pumps
The demand for geothermal heating systems has been growing rapidly in the recent past and is expected to increase in demand in the coming years.
Geothermal heating systems uses renewable energy within the earth to produce efficient, heating. 
Geothermal heat pump costs have dropped in recent times. This had made this option more affordable to consumers. 

Mini-split heat pumps
These open-air source systems are also known as ductless pumps. These units are called ‘mini’ because they have compact outdoor and indoor units.
These systems comprise of outdoor units that serve up to eight indoor units. The refrigerant in the outdoor unit collects heat from the surrounding and circulates it in within theF indoor unit. It then enters a coil that releases heat, and an indoor blower distributes the heat. 
In a sense, these systems do not make heat; instead, they collect and distribute it.
These systems are also made more efficient by how they function. By using a converter that adjusts heating and cooling concisely, these units leave little room for overcooling or overheating.

Standard split heating pump system
While the market for these is not growing as rapidly as geothermal and mini-split systems, standard split systems are still popular.
These have also managed to take the larger share from gas furnace and AV combinations because they can be used in colder climates as well. 
Standard heat pumps circulate air between an indoor and an outdoor units. 
During winter, the system collects heat outdoor and distributes it indoors. In summer, the reverse happens. The conditioned air is distributed via ductwork using a blower in the furnace or air handler.

Gas furnaces
While there are more efficient systems than gas furnaces, there are numerous homeowners who still prefer them. 
With gas furnaces, propane or natural gas is heated to produce heat. Hot combustion gases leave the furnace through a sealed exhaust, passing through one or two heat exchangers.
Once this happens, heat, without the combustion gases, is circulated through the ducts and over the heat exchangers by the blower fan.
A dual heat pump system comprises both a heat pump and a gas furnace. These are designed for colder climates. In such places, the furnace is used in freezing temperatures when it gets too cold for the heat pump to sufficiently heat a home.

Final take
With all these options, it's crucial to ensure proper service and maintenance of your heating system. This ensures longevity and that it functions properly and efficiently.

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