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What Are the Different Types of Heating Systems?

With more than 30 years of experience providing affordable, effective HVAC solutions to households in Central Texas, Totally Cool has become a trusted adviser to local communities. We offer:

  • Heating system installations
  • Furnace repairs
  • Routine maintenance

Our customers who are renovating or constructing their homes from the ground up often ask the difference between the most popular types of heating systems. Keep reading to learn the different setups most households use to heat their homes.


Most homes in Central Texas, and across North America, are heated by a furnace. There are several different types of furnaces: gas, electric and oil furnaces. In all furnaces, a metal heat exchanger warms up. The air heats up when it passes over the hot heat exchanger, and a fan circulates the warm air into your home. In electric furnaces, electricity powers the heat exchanger. In oil and gas furnaces, a combustion takes place and warms the heat exchanger.

Boiler Heating Systems

Boilers are water heaters that serve the purpose of heating a home or building. A boiler system disperses hot water, which releases heat as it travels through radiators located throughout the indoor setting. Residential boiler systems are powered by oil or gas while steam boilers are more likely to appear in older buildings. The boiler utilizes a pump to circulate hot water throughout the system. In radiant floor systems, the water travels through plastic tubing in the floor.

Heat Pumps

Air-source heat pumps are similar to a two-way air conditioner. In an air-source system, an air conditioner moves warm air from inside your home to the outside. During winter, the heat pump utilizes electricity to move warm air into the home. Ground-source or geothermal heat pumps draw heat from the ground. Although heat pumps are inexpensive and easy to install, the local climate is a determining factor when considering installing this type of heat pump.

Reliable HVAC Technicians in Austin

Call us today, and experience our friendly, knowledgeable and prompt service. Our licensed technicians are available to assist you with:

  • Heating and cooling services
  • Preventative service agreements
  • Preseason preparation
  • Weatherization
  • Repair and maintenance on all makes and models

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