Furnace Heating Systems

Choosing the Right Heating System

In Southern Michigan, winters can be very cold, and are always unpredictable. Upgrading your old furnace can not only save you money on utility costs, but can also ensure your comfort all year long. When purchasing a new heating system, there are a few factors that will help you determine which system is right for your home.

  • The age of your home
  • The quality of your windows
  • The R-value of your home’s insulation
  • Local utility costs
  • Your budget

Today’s furnaces are more efficient than ever before, but the cost of heating is still a large expense, especially with the long winters Michigan has been having. Let Mechanical Extremes help you choose the best one for your home and your family.

Types of Heating Systems

Natural Gas and Propane Forced Air Systems

  • Furnaces that use gas provide even heating throughout your home by circulating the air through ductwork. This is a common type of system, and offers a variety of options for furnaces. It is also easy to add central air conditioning to this type of system.


  • Instead of circulating heat through the air, heated steam or water is circulated through a series of pipes and a baseboard or radiator-type heat exchanger called a boiler. This type of system does not require ductwork,
  • Radiant floor heat is more efficient for homes that have vaulted ceilings, because it keeps the heat from rising as it would with a forced air system. Our clients also love this type of heating system for basements, garages and paved parking or sidewalk areas.
  • This type of system requires a separate type of central air conditioning system.

Heat Pumps

  • Now more reliable than ever, heat pumps are a more energy-efficient way to heat your home and can save you money by reducing the amount of gas that your home uses.
  • They are a great option for homes that have propane gas and need to upgrade or want to install a forced-air central air conditioning system.
  • Can serve both heating and cooling needs of your home.

Need help deciding which system is right for you? We’re here to help you decide which type of heating system will keep your home comfortable when the winter moves in!