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Which Heater Is Right for Your Home?

Heaters come in all shapes and sizes, which means it can lead to several migraines trying to wrap your head around which heater is right for you! Well sure, having more options for heating should be a good thing but when you’re not well-acquainted with any of them, it can be hard to learn when you’re put on the spot.

So, today we’re going to talk about each of the heaters unique to our area and the general benefits of each one. Hopefully, between the advantages of different heating systems and the efficiency levels they offer, we’re hoping you’ll start to find it easier when differentiating between systems. By working with a team that specializes in this kind of work, your HVAC in Des Moines, IA can easily be worked out without the headaches.

So, buckle up—we’ve got some homework to do!

The Major Differences

So, let’s say you’re deciding between what type of heater to invest in for next winter. You’re probably asking yourself what the difference is between a radiant heating system, a furnace, or a heat pump. You’re most likely also searching online for their prices, and trying to figure out which system is more affordable for you and your home. Hopefully, we can shed some light on those questions by tackle the big differences between them and seeing how efficiently they might run in your home.


Furnaces are the most common heating appliance in the whole country, and that’s no surprise to us. They run affordably, as far as the initial cost is concerned, and they can run on natural gas which is clean burning and increasingly more affordable. Not to mention some models even run on electricity if you’re more off the grid and not near a natural gas line. Overall, they’re a standard yet incredibly effective way to heat your home. They require ductwork to blow air into your home and they are some of the most efficient systems in existence.

Radiant Heating

So, let’s say you don’t have air ducts in your home and the thought of having warm air blowing into your face doesn’t sound very comfortable. Luckily, there are other heating solutions, including radiant heating. By utilizing hot water or electrical lines, radiant heating produces heat that radiates through objects. With a similar feeling to being inundated with the sun’s rays, radiant heating is efficient and affordable, while also giving you a more comfortable type of heat. Call our team to explore what radiant heaters are available to you.

Heat Pumps

Sometimes, homeowners are looking for a more efficient and state-of-the-art way to heat their homes. That’s where heat pumps come in, systems that utilize refrigerant lines to move heat from outside your home to the inside. Extremely efficient in mild climates, heat pumps are an advanced, technological way to deal with heating in a home that’s looking for low heating bills. As a bonus, these systems can also function in reverse and cool your home in the summer, becoming two comfort systems in one!

If any of these systems look appealing to you, call the team at Schaal Plumbing, Heating and Cooling for expert service.

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