Choosing the Best Heating System for Your Home

Whether you’re in the process of building a new home or you’re replacing an existing heating system and looking to explore your options, this type of project is a major investment. To take some of the confusion out of the process of choosing the best heating system for your home, let’s look at the three of the most common options for heating installations — furnaces, heat pumps and boilers — and some other factors that you’ll want to consider.


A common heating system used by homeowners in O’Fallon, MO, and the surrounding area is a furnace. This particular heating system works by delivering forced hot air throughout your house via ductwork and vents. Gas, oil, and electricity are the three main fuels a furnace could use. Annual fuel use efficiency percentage (AFUE) for a furnace is determined by the type of fuel it employs and how efficient the particular model is. The higher this rating, the greater your long-term savings potential will be.

Heat Pumps and Boilers

Heat pumps work by using outside air to heat your home during the winter months. If indoor air quality is a big concern for you because of allergies and other health issues, then there are ductless heat pumps you can choose. Boilers work by keeping your house warm with steam or water. Aside from being ductless, boilers take up less space than a furnace. They can also be controlled on a room-by-room basis, but they can’t be connected to an existing cooling system.

Other Factors to Consider

It’s just as important to consider your available budget, your personal comfort needs, and the potential for long-term savings associated with the various heating systems discussed here. For instance, a heat pump can be a smart investment since it can be used to both heat and cool your house. However, a furnace can serve you well if you already have your AC needs to be covered with existing equipment.

Our trained technicians are prepared to answer your questions and provide the details you’ll need to make a smart, well-informed decision about a heating system. Contact Hoff Heating & AC today to set up an appointment to discuss your home heating options. We install, maintain, and repair a full range of heating and cooling equipment in O’Fallon.