Although central air furnaces will most likely never go away, there are other options for heating your home that many homeowners don't think about. Below is a list of a few "alternative" residential heaters that are available in the market today. If you see any of them that looks interesting, contact your local HVAC company to talk about the possibility of installing one in your home.
Using the energy of the earth to heat and cool your home is nothing new, but geothermal technology over the last 20 years has evolved to a point that makes it one of the most energy-efficient products on the market today. The installation and setup costs are substantial, especially since you have to drill down into the earth below your house to weigh a series of pipes. Once that's accomplished, however, you simply hook up a motor to those pipes to circulate the air that comes from there throughout your home. Not only is this technology remarkably energy-efficient, but it also lasts for upwards of 30 years, if not more, meaning it will most likely pay for itself if you plan on living in your house for a long period of time.
With the pandemic forcing many people to start working from home, there have been lots of homeowners that have converted an extra space, such as a garage, into a home office. In some cases, these areas aren't heated, which requires a residential heater to be installed to make the area habitable. A ductless mini-split can be a perfect option for those that need to heat up an expansion in their home since it integrates perfectly with the existing system. You can even use it for a detached shed since it has the ability to convert the air outside into warm air inside by way of self-contained piping.
One hundred years ago, boilers were extremely popular in most apartment buildings and commercial office spaces. Even though they're not quite as efficient as other systems, they still provide radiant heating for your home, which is arguably more comfortable than any other form of heating around. The main drawback for people is aesthetics: In order to have a boiler operating your area, you need to have pipes that go inside each room to heat up the space. If you're going for an industrial look, though, a boiler may be a perfect fit for you, providing you with the style that you want as well as one of the most comfortable levels of heating available.
Contact a residential heater service for more information.