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A Guide to Home Heating Systems

We all know that California has mild winters. Since we’re so acclimated to the warm climate, even a dip down to 65 degrees has you running to your thermostat. There are several different heating systems out there that provide warmth and a comfortable environment- have you gotten familiar with yours? Today we’ll go over the different types of heating systems, as well as their advantages and disadvantages. Staying on top of this knowledge can help you stay warm this season!

1. Forced-Air Systems

The most common HVAC system is the forced-air system that uses a furnace to deliver hot or cool air through ducts. These systems work efficiently and can quickly adjust the temperature of your home.


  • It is easy to install and relatively affordable.

  • They have the ability to both heat and cool.


  • It requires ductwork that can collect dust particles and take up space in your walls.

  • They can get noisy.

  • The air can be drying.

2. In-Floor Radiant Heating Systems

Radiant heating systems work by distributing heat through a boiler or water heater.


  • They are energy efficient and provide consistent heat.

  • Low maintenance costs.

  • They produce cleaner heat.


  • It can be slow to warm up.

  • In-floor installation can be expensive.

  • Boiler systems cannot cool.

3. Boiler and Radiator Systems

Traditional boilers and radiator systems are common in older homes and buildings. You’re probably familiar with the classic radiator, which is a cast-iron upright unit. They work by distributing heat or steam through pipes to radiators placed throughout the house.


  • Radiant heating doesn’t dry out the air as forced-air heat does.

  • There are different variations, which gives you the option to choose a more subtle baseboard or wall panel radiator.

  • Modern boilers can be very energy efficient.


  • Radiators can be very obvious and stand out in your home.

  • The locations of radiators can make it difficult to place furniture or curtains.

  • Boiler systems don’t have cooling capabilities.

4. Heat Pump Systems

The newest heating technology is the heat pump. They function similarly to an air conditioner but in reverse. They transfer heat from one place to another. Air source heat pumps move heat from the outside air to inside the home while geothermal heat pumps transfer heat through the ground. One of the most popular heat pump systems is the ductless mini-split that is both energy efficient and affordable. With all its advantages, it’s important to note that they are less effective in extreme weather conditions.


  • Heat pumps are an excellent choice for moderate climates, like California.

  • They can be very energy efficient.

  • Individual units allow for more control.

  • Ductwork is not required.

  • These systems offer both heating and cooling.


  • They can have high installation costs.

  • It may offer lower heat distribution if you only have a single unit.

Ensuring The Longevity Of Your Heating System

Now that you’re familiar with the most common heating systems, you can make an educated choice the next time you decide to renovate or change it up. Here at Park Mechanical, we have been servicing the homes of Sacramento since 1911. We understand how much responsibility comes with being a homeowner, so we always make sure to arrive on time and offer emergency services. Whether you need to update your furnace or get a repair, we have you covered.

Contact us online or give us a call at (916) 345-1592 to schedule your next heating service.