Best small heating systems for 2016
Heating your home in 2016
If you have a smaller home your heating needs are going to be different to someone who owns a large house. You may be able to avoid a full furnace system, or at least supplement it so that it does not have to be utilised as heavily. The end result is that you can drastically lower the amount of energy you consume every month, saving you money and reducing your carbon footprint.
As more and more technological advances are made, there are more and more unique ways to heat your home. The following are the most innovative and best small heating systems for 2016. These cutting edge techniques will warm your home while offering sharp modern décor.
Electric Baseboard Heating System
Our first option is an electric baseboard heating system. When most people think about baseboard heaters they probably think about the ugly units that used to hang just above the carpet during the eighties. However, today there are some very attractive options that heat small spaces excellently because they do not need ducting, furnace, or a boiler in order to work. This cuts down the cost of installation.
They also allow for individual comfort; a thermostat is placed in each room, so that within the same home you can set different heating levels. In a smaller home this is an excellent choice so that you only heat the rooms you are in. Plus, they respond quickly – so if you head into an unused room for a while, it should not take long to get the temperature up to the point where you are comfortable. New designs are sleek, modern, and almost unnoticeable, so that they can be installed without any fuss.
Radiant Hot Water Wall and Baseboard Wall Systems
Radiators have come a long way since their cast iron days, and some are now even pieces of décor in their own right. Innovative companies have made radiators out of square chain link sheet metal, to create wall décor that actually heats a home. Other designs offer panels that hide tubing underneath. If these are not cool enough, there are now hydronic systems that are made out of tiles, so that you can arrange the tiles in any way you like over the radiator – and literally turn your heating system into artwork!
From a technical standpoint, radiant hot water systems feature closed loop systems, so that hot water can be carried to the radiator through the tubing. The water creates the heat, and cooled water runs back through the loop towards the heating system to be warmed again. Usually, a hot water heater or electric boiler is required, and they have very little risk of fire or fumes due to modern technology.