Bay Area HVAC installation

Choosing the Best Heating System for Your Home. (Part 1 of 2)

With cooler weather fast approaching, you might be considering whether your home’s heating system is up to the task of keeping you warm as temperatures drop. Your heating system is one of the most important elements of your home, and whether your home’s heating system is in need of replacement, or you’re currently planning your dream home, selecting the right type of heating system can be a daunting task. Before scheduling an appointment with a Bay Area HVAC company, let’s take a look at some options. With so many options available in the Bay Area, from furnace installation to radiant heating systems, how can you make sure to choose the perfect solution for your home?

We’re here to help. Over the course of our next two blogs, you’ll get handy tips and advice from the experts at Element Home Solutions – a trusted Bay Area HVAC company specializing in Furnace and HVAC installation.

In this first part of our two-part series on choosing the best heating system for your home, we’ll be discussing the different types of heating systems that are available for your home.  


Furnaces are arguably the most common type of heating system utilized in homes across the Bay Area and the United States. Also known as “forced air” heating systems, furnaces heat your home by doing just that – forcing warm air through your home’s duct system. Since they are often the most widely used heating systems, furnace installation in the Bay Area is quite easy. Even better, furnaces have come a long way in terms of energy efficiency, and are becoming increasingly more efficient each year. They can even be retrofitted to clean the air in your home!

Boilers and Radiant Heating

Boilers are frequently confused with furnaces. These two terms are not interchangeable, and they are in fact two very different types of heating systems. Rather than forcing air through your home’s air ducts, boilers heat water, which in turn delivers heat to your home via baseboard heaters, radiators, or aluminum panels in your home’s walls, ceilings, or floors.

One of the most popular options for homes that use boilers for its heating system is radiant flooring. As the name suggests, heat is transferred through a home’s floors. This type of heating system works best with ceramic tile floors, as it conducts the heat better than other flooring types. One of the big advantages of boilers and radiant heating is that it is an allergen-free method of delivering heat to your home. Choose this option if you are prone to allergies.

Heat Pumps

Finally, heat pumps are another popular option for heating systems for your home. As a trusted Bay Area HVAC company, we receive plenty of questions about this often misunderstood method of heating your home. Heat pumps use refrigerant to draw thermal energy from a home’s surroundings, such as from the ground, a body of water, or ambient air. They are highly energy efficient, and with the cost of energy rising, it’s no wonder that they are quickly becoming a popular source of heat for homes in the Bay Area and beyond.

Choose the Best Heating System for Your Home

Choosing the right heating system can be difficult. With so many options, it’s best to get an expert opinion to match your home and your individual needs with a heating system that will keep you toasty warm all winter. Element Home Solutions is the best Bay Area HVAC installation company. Count on us to help you choose the perfect solution for your home, and save you money while we’re at it. We’re pleased to offer a number of money-saving coupons on furnace installation in the Bay Area as well as our other HVAC services.

Check back soon for part two of our series on choosing the right heating system for your home as we discuss additional factors consider when choosing between the heating systems we covered today.