It is a good idea to know how your heating system actually works, seeing how you pay those bills every month! To understand them better, first, you need to determine what type of system you are using in your home. Here is the basic breakdown from Kudzu.
Natural Gas: It is carried into your appliances such as your furnace or gas stove. Propane gas is usually found in a tank somewhere outside your home and it carriers the gas through pipes underneath your home.
Electric Furnace: The best way to describe it is like a toaster. It heats the house like a toaster heats up bread.
Heat Pumps: This is an energy efficient alternative to a furnace. A heat pump will move air from one place to another, trying to evenly distribute the heat or cool air, depending on the season. Since they move heat, instead of generating heat, they are able to provide up to four times the energy they consume, pretty cool huh?
Hot Water & Steam Heaters: They are basically the same thing. They both have a boiler which heats up the water and then gets sent through the pies as steam.
Forced Air: This is the most common heating system. You set your thermostat and wheels begin to turn, well not really. The furnace heats up the air in the chamber and then blows it through duct work and registers throughout your home. Thermostats are a great investment, and an easy way to save money.
Hopefully, now that you have a better understanding of how heating systems work, you can choose one that fits your lifestyle or budget! Remember thermostats and heat pumps are huge money savers and a great investment! Always consult an HVAC professional to get the best heating system to fit your home!