What kind of heater do I have? That is an essential question, especially when the heater isn’t operating. There are two typical kinds of furnaces. There’s forced air and there’s the boiler type.
How do you identify which you have? It’s pretty simple. If you have “registers” in all room that have warm air blowing out of them, that’s forced air.
If one has radiators, either freestanding or baseboard style, that indicates that you have a boiler
Another way to use boilers is radiant floor heat. That’s a bunch of pipes that run through the floor and warm the floor up, which heats up the room. Very nice, but pricey to install.
You can have heat that’s not coming from a furnace. You could have electric baseboard heat. Or electric wall heating units. You could have a gas wall heater.
Next thing to figure out is what fuel your furnace uses. There are six common kinds.
Coal, not the usual, generally used with a boiler. If you have coal, you most likely noticed.
Electric heat is simple, but pricey. It’s one of the most expensive heat source.
Fuel Oil, If you’ve found yourself in the house for some time then you may have loaded a fuel oil tank. Generally used with a boiler.
LPG or propane. That’s an above ground tank that gets filled from time to time. Generally country homes, with gas furnaces that don’t have gas piped to the house use propane.
Natural gas, or methane, that’s the gas that is piped to urban homes, It’s a very common way to heat homes. It burns clean, it’s fairly cost effective and it’s generally pretty trouble free.
Wood, you probably observed. You ‘d have a wood stove or a fireplace in the living room and a stack of wood outside.
That pretty well addresses it, if you live in a house. It shouldn’t take too long to nose around and determine where the heat is or should be coming from. Click Here.