There are a number of ways to keep your home warm, but many people don’t spend time thinking about the different heating options available. However, when you build a custom home, you can control every aspect of the design, including the type of heating system that’s installed. From traditional forced air systems to radiant heated floors and geothermal systems, there are a number of different options to consider.
Forced Air Heating Systems
Furnaces are one of the most common heating systems in Ottawa homes. In this system, heat is created through combustion and distributed throughout the home via ductwork. Advances in technology have increased efficiency and reliability of these systems, but they still require annual professional maintenance.
Radiant Heated Floors
In-floor heating adds luxury to your custom home. When installed in bathrooms, kitchens and bedrooms—radiant floors can provide extra comfort—especially during cold Ottawa winters. Additionally, radiant heated floors can help those that suffer from dust allergies as it doesn’t rely on pushing air through ducts to warm the space.
Unlike furnaces, a geothermal system doesn’t produce heat—it transfers it from the ground inside your home. Pipes are laid underground—where the temperature doesn’t fluctuate as much and are connected to a heat pump in your home. Indoor units then distribute warm air in the winter and cool air in the summer. A geothermal system is extremely energy efficient and can drastically reduce monthly energy costs.
Many people use the heating system that comes with their home and don’t spend much time thinking about the alternative heating options. However, when you build your custom home, you have the ability to install the kind of heating that works best for your needs.
When you work with Omega Homes, our experts will discuss all available heating options and advantages and drawbacks of different systems.
At Omega Homes, we employ a group of top architects, designers and trades that allow us to turn your dream into a reality. We don’t just build you a house, we build you a home.
Contact us today to learn more about how we can help get you started on the journey to build the custom home of your dreams.