If you are an HVAC contractor or a property owner that wants to know how three different common heating systems are installed, then this article is for you. Furnaces, boilers, and, heat pumps all heat homes in their own ways, and as such, they need to be installed in different ways.


One of the most common forms of household heating available to the consumer is a furnace. Furnaces heat air with gas (or sometimes, oil or electric) fuel that then distributes the heat throughout air ducts. As such, furnace installation requires the connection of the furnace that you have chosen to pre-existing air ducts within the property or installing new air ducts if there are none. Additionally, the furnace will need to be connecting to a municipal or similar supply line for the gas or oil fuel, or the electric line if an electrical furnace has been chosen. Additionally, the entire unit needs insulation to reduce noise and improve efficiency.


Boilers, unlike furnaces, heat households by using gas or oil to heat water into steam, which is then transferred throughout the house or property through radiators. Boilers are typically found in older homes, so the installation process typically involves replacing the main boiler unit rather than installing radiators in every room that needs to be heated. From there, the boilers are connected to the cold water supply, the gas or electric supply (depending on your type of boiler), the venting system (to reduce the buildup of excess steam), and to your radiators.

Heat Pump

Finally, heat pumps are probably one of the rarer types of heat systems available to property owners, as heat pumps are somewhat expensive compare to other systems. Heat pumps cycle a refrigerant through a process of perpetual heating and cooling to heat air, which is then transferred through your home. Not only does a condenser need to be installed, but you will need to connect the condenser to various air lines for each room you want climate-controlled. The installation can be difficult and the units plus installation expensive, but heat pumps are generally more efficient than other systems.

There are a variety of different heating systems available to the average property owner, including (but not limited to) furnaces, boilers, and heat pumps. It's important to note that you should only install these if you have the experience and know-how to do it right. If you're looking for help, contact your local installation company, like Triangle Enterprises Inc.