Different Heating Systems That Might Work for You

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Are you looking at getting a new Westchester heating system for your home?

At Cottam Heating & Air Conditioning, we can help you find the one that will work best for you. Many people choose to replace their old heating system with a new one of the same kind, but we can also help you change your home for a brand new system if that’s what you want.

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Furnaces pull in air from outside, heat it, then blow it into your home via a duct system. They usually require yearly maintenance, as well as regular filter changes, to function optimally and to last for a long time.

Furnaces in Westchester, NY usually cost less to install and have a quicker installation time than boilers. Since furnaces don’t rely on heating water, there’s no risk that they will cause a flood if they malfunction and there’s no worry that they will freeze in the winter.

On the other hand, furnaces often create a very dry indoor environment because the warm air has to be blown into the house via the ducts. They can also cause poor indoor air quality and allergies/asthma symptoms.


Most boilers heat water, then pump that water or the steam that comes off it into radiators, radiant flooring, or other, similar systems in your home. Some boilers can also be used as hot water heaters, so you may be able to handle two important home requirements in a single appliance. Boilers usually only need a fast check every year but don’t have other maintenance needs.

Boilers in Westchester are generally more energy efficient than furnaces, so they cost less to run. They aren’t as noisy as furnaces can be and the warm air they offer is often more humid and comfortable because it isn’t being blown around the house. Since boilers don’t require ductwork, they are perfect in homes where that isn’t an option. However, boilers can be costly to install and there is always the risk of flooding and freezing, since hot water is involved.

Heat Pumps

Heat pumps work by pumping heat outside your home to its interior. This means that ambient outdoor temperatures must be over a certain level for the heat pump to successfully heat your home. If you want one that will work with the low winter temps in Westchester, NY, you will likely need an expensive model.

Yearly maintenance is a good idea for most heat pumps, as they are processing outdoor air and so may get dusty, dirty, etc. They cost less to run than most furnaces and boilers but, for some people this is outweighed by their expensive upfront cost. Most heat pumps run quietly and work efficiently, so the cost of heating your home will be lower.

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Our team from Cottam Heating & Air Conditioning can help you find the best new heating system for your home. Call our heating installation pros today and we will be there soon to get you the expertise you need!

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