Three Types Of Heating Units

Posted on: 9 December 2017

Do you live in a property where the heating unit doesn't keep the house as warm as you want it to be? The unit may be so old that it can no longer do its job as well as it used to. There may also be issues with the heating unit that need to be repaired. Usually the costs of repairing the unit are better than replacing it altogether, but in some instances a replacement just can't be helped. If this is the case for your heating unit, you need to consider a new one for the property. There are several different types of heat you can choose from. This guide goes over some of the most common types.

Wood Stoves/Fireplaces

When you think of wood stoves, you may think of the old stoves used in the past before other sources of heat became popular. However, wood stoves are still widely used in many households. They are especially common in rural areas. The wood stoves can be inside the property and provide a direct heat to the inside of the house. They can also be outside and use a ventilation system to pump the heat into the property. Many people enjoy wood stoves because they are considered 'free heat' since you can chop your own wood to burn in them. Other people may use pellets to burn, too, but it is more costly than wood.


A lot of people like furnaces for their heating unit. The furnaces can run off gas, electricity, or oil. The heat is pumped through the property using ventilation systems and blows out through ducts placed throughout the home. If you like setting the exact temperature of your house, than this option is more convenient than wood stoves or fireplaces. The ventilation system can also be used for central air in the hotter months, which is another benefit of using furnaces.

Space Heaters

In smaller houses, space heaters can be used to provide adequate heat. However, some models do use a lot of electricity. The newer models are designed to be energy efficient. They can be a fire hazard, though, if they are placed too close to curtains, furniture, or other objects. Most of the newer models have a safety feature that turns the unit off if it is covered up or falls over.


The decision to pick a new heating unit is a big one. You need to look at your budget, your property, and your specific heating needs when planning for a new heating installation.