It is essential to know what type of heater heats your home. Many homeowners often ask our team at Brown Heating, Cooling & Plumbing what type of heating system is in their home. More often than not, homeowners will not worry about what kind of heater they have, just as long as it’s working correctly.
The two most popular heating systems are gas and electric. Throughout this blog, we want to show you the differences between the two and help you figure out which system you have.
What is a Gas Heater?
Gas heating systems are heated by burning gas. When you turn on your heat, your system creates a flame that burns gas. This heat will heat the air then send it through an exchange. The air then moves throughout your home via ductwork. You have a gas heater if you look into your heating system and see a window with a blue flame inside.
What is an Electric Heater?
An electric heater is different in the way it creates its heat. Electricity heaters use electricity to generate heat. The warm air goes throughout your home like a gas heater through ductwork. When looking at your heating system, you have an electric heater if you do not see a window with a flame.
Schedule an Inspection
If you are still unsure what type of system heats your home, the easiest way to learn is to have it inspected by a professional. One of our experienced technicians can come out to your home and tell you exactly what type of system your home is running. We can also see if there are any issues with your system.
An inspection is not only helpful when trying to find out which system you have but is also an essential part of keeping your system in good shape. We recommend scheduling at least one inspection every year. A yearly check will ensure your system has a longer lifespan by providing you with proper maintenance tools.
Taking Proper Safety Precautions
Knowing which system your home uses can help you stay safe. With gas heaters, you want to ensure you have a smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector with gas heaters. Since this system uses a gas flame, it can become a hazard in your home if you do not take proper maintenance.
Which Option is the Best for Your Home
Know that you have a basic understanding of home heating systems; you may be wondering which is the best option for your home. Many factors go into deciding which is the best fit for you.
For example, gas heaters are warmer, so if you live in a bit colder climate, this may be the better option for you. But electric heaters are less noisy and have a longer life span than gas heaters. Our Brown Heating, Cooling & Plumbing team can help you make the best decision for your home size and wallet.
Give us a call today to schedule an inspection or ask us questions regarding heater installation if you are looking to make a change. We are here to help you every step of the way!