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How to Determine What Kind of Heating System You Have August 28, 2018

West Haven, New Haven County
How to Determine What Kind of Heating System You Have, West Haven, Connecticut

If you’ve recently moved into a new house, it’s important to determine what heating system you have before the cold weather arrives. The unit might need home heating oil for fuel or it may use electrical power. Below, Apple Oil of West Haven, CT, shares some insight for determining whether you have an air- or water-based system.


An air-based heating unit, called a furnace or forced air system, operates similarly to an air conditioner. But instead of cooling air, it heats and blows it through a duct system. Furnaces are usually installed in attics, closets, or crawl spaces and can be fueled with electricity, natural gas, or home heating oil. While there are several types of hybrid systems that use a combination of air, steam, water, and electrical radiant heating, if it uses ductwork, it’s usually air-based.


Home Heating OilWater-based systems provide efficient home heating as well. Boilers warm and force water or steam down a pipe system that runs throughout your home and gives off heat. 

The unit distributes warm air through radiators, baseboards, or the flooring. If you see pipes with knobs in the house, or your heating system has a pressure gauge attached to it, you likely have a water- or steam-based system. Boilers, like furnaces, use natural gas, electricity, or home heating oil as fuel.

If you’re still not sure what kind of heating system you have, ask an HVAC contractor at Apple Oil. They offer reliable maintenance contracts, and, if you have an oil furnace or boiler, they will deliver home heating oil regularly to your house. Rated the top oil supplier in Connecticut, they’ve been in business for over 50 years and keep their services affordable and environmentally-friendly. Schedule your delivery or maintenance with them by visiting the website or calling (203) 934-3835. They offer same-day delivery if you call by 12 pm and new customers get a discount on their first oil delivery.

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