If your heating system is in need of serious repair or it needs to be replaced, you may be considering getting a different type of system. If so, check out these four common heating solutions to determine which is best for you based on your climate.

Radiant Heating

Radiant heating uses tubes filled with water to heat your house. They are commonly placed under the floor. It is energy efficient but expensive to install. Radiant heating is generally a good option for more mild climates. While it can work well in more extreme climates, there are some drawbacks. If you live in a region that gets really hot, know that a radiant heating system can't cool your house, so you'll need another option for air conditioning. If you live in an area with freezing temperatures, the water could freeze. This can be prevented by adding antifreeze to the solution, but antifreeze  reduces the efficiency of the system.

Heat Pump

A heat pump is another great option for mild climates, and it can also cool your home. Instead of creating hot or cold air, a heat pump pulls desired air from outside and pumps it into the house. It also pulls undesirable air from inside the house and pumps it outside. They don't cost much to run, but they aren't nearly as effective as other heating and cooling options, which is why they work best in mild climates that don't routinely see extreme temperatures.

Gas/Electric Furnace

A gas or electric furnace is a great option for any climate, but they are a must if you live in a colder environment. This is because they quickly heat the house, and they heat more effectively than other options. Gas furnaces are more efficient than electric furnaces, and they cost less to run, but they cost more to purchase and install. Because these systems used forced air, however, it's important to check the ductwork to block any holes or leaks, which can significantly reduce the system's efficiency.

Solar Heating

Solar heating uses sunlight to either convert the energy into electricity to power a furnace or air conditioner, or it heats water that is stored in a tank to warm the house via radiant heating. To benefit from solar heating, you don't have to live in a particularly hot environment, but it does need to be sunny for most of the year for you to really benefit from the savings. In colder environments, the water solar heating system doesn't actually use water. Instead, it uses a non-freezing solution, which prevents damage and allows it to keep working in colder temperatures.

If you choose radiant heating, a heat pump or solar heating, you may still need a standard gas or electric furnace as a back-up. However, these systems are also much more efficient than a standard furnace, so they require less energy and money to use. If your current heating system is in need of repair or replacement, contact a provider today and get an estimate.