HVAC Ratings, Heating Systems
For your heating system options, we start with ducted warm air furnaces that are designed to be installed in traditionally framed homes. (Our mobile home/manufactured housing page gives reviews of furnaces that are designed for those applications.) On our furnace ratings page, we have ranked gas fired furnaces in three categories and price ranges. For furnaces that burn gas but are not connected to a duct system, our wall furnace ratings cover that type. Our garage heater and tube heater pages will help you in selecting the right heater for your workshop/garage.
For reviews of furnaces that burn other types of fuels, you can check out our electric, oil, wood, or biomass furnace rating pages. On the biomass furnace rating page, you will find reviews of corn furnaces as well as wood pellet burning units.
On our hydronic air handler page, you can compare units that use water coils to transfer the heat from an external source such as a water heater, heat pump, or boiler to the air in the duct system.
For heating without a duct system, you can get reviews of stoves that burn logs. For units that burn wood pellets and/or corn or other grains, you can check out our pellet stove ratings page. You can also find reviews of electric fireplaces and units that burn either gas, bioethanol, or wood. We have also reviewed gas logs and gas, pellet, or wood inserts to upgrade an existing masonry fireplace. If you are searching for a heating solution that looks like a traditional wood burning fireplace but you do not have the traditional chimney or want the mess of dealing with logs, you can check out our gas stove ratings.
On our boiler ratings page, you will find our ratings for traditional systems such as gas fired boilers. On our oil fired boiler page you will find comparisons of units that burn fuel oil. You will find ratings for basic models as well as high efficiency condensing models.
For units that burn more environmentally friendly fuels, you can check out our biomass boiler ratings page. There you will find reviews of units that burn wood pellets and/or corn or other grains. For units that burn whole logs, you can check out our wood boiler ratings. Though they are less common, we have also reviewed the brands of electric boilers.
Our combi boiler reviews cover units that provide the domestic hot water (showers, etc.) for the home as well as hot water for heating.
On our thermostove rating page, we present our reviews of heating stoves that can be connected to the home's central hydronic heating system. These units are a combination of traditional stoves with traditional boilers.
Got steam heating? If so, our steam boiler ratings will help you to select the right brand for you home.
For a greener solution, you can check out our reviews of solar air heaters. These systems provide virtually free heating from the sun.