What kind of heating system do I have? That is an important issue, especially when the heater isn’t working and you need to call for heater repair. There are two typical kinds of furnaces. There’s forced air and there’s the boiler type.
How do you tell which you have? It’s pretty easy. If you have “registers” in all space that have warm air blowing out of them, that’s forced air.
If one has radiators, either freestanding or baseboard type, that indicates 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 good, but expensive to install.
You can have warmth that’s not coming from a furnace. You could have electric baseboard heat. Or electric wall heaters. You could have a gas wall heater.
Second thing to figure out is what fuel your furnace uses. There are six common types.
- Coal, not the usual, typically used with a boiler. If you have coal, you probably noticed.
- Electric heat is easy, but pricey. It’s one of the most expensive heat source.
- Fuel Oil, If you’ve found yourself in the house for some time then you may have filled a fuel oil tank. Generally used with a boiler.
- LPG or propane. That’s an above ground tank that gets filled every once in a while. Generally non-urban houses, 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 homes. It burns clean, it’s fairly affordable and it’s generally pretty trouble free.
- Wood, you probably observed. 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 should not take too long to nose around and figure out where the heat is or should be resulting from.