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Baseboard Heat vs. Central Heat

Which is Better For Your House?


There are several heating options available for your home, and which one is best for you will depend on a few factors. There are two basic types of heat — central (or forced) air and baseboard heat. Baseboard heat is available in either electric and hydronic (water or oil circulation). In today’s post, we’ll review some pros and cons of both types of heating options to help you decide which is best for you!

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Pros of Baseboard Heat

The biggest benefit of baseboard heat is that it doesn’t require ductwork. So, for older homes that don’t already have ductwork, it’s simple installation and easy access for repairs. Other pros of baseboard heat include: 

  • Lower installation costs
  • Energy-efficient
  • Quiet system operation
  • Consistent heating

Cons of Baseboard Heat

With the great benefits of baseboard heating, it may seem like a no-brainer, but there are some cons. Some of the downsides include: 

  • Generally takes longer to warm rooms
  • Can only provide heat (no cooling)
  • Heaters are exposed, reducing wall space for furniture
  • On-going energy costs may be higher
  • Requires routine maintenance
  • Heaters get hot, which can be a danger to pets and children


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Pros of Central Heat

Central, or forced, air heating systems are much more common in recent years, and use the same ductwork as your air conditioner (or, ductwork in the absence of AC!). Forced air heating uses an electric or gas furnace or a heat pump to circulate, or force, warm air through the ducts to warm your house. Some of the pros of forced air heating include: 

  • Quicker reaction and heating times
  • Affordable installation (especially if you already have ducts!)
  • Efficient heating
  • Can handle heating and cooling
  • Low maintenance
  • Improves room aesthetics


Cons of Central Heat

As with anything, along with the great benefits of forced heat, there are some downsides as well. Some of the cons of central heating options include: 

  • Airflow can transmit dust and allergens in ductwork
  • Can cause inconsistent heating
  • Louder/noisier than baseboard heating
  • Initial installation can be costly if the home is not already duct equipped
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At Comfort Solutions, we offer a variety of residential heating services to keep Western Montana warm. If you aren’t sure which heating system would be best for your home, connect with our heating experts today!

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With some of the most highly trained technicians in the industry, the experts here at Comfort Solutions can help you with a multitude of issues and services related to important systems in your home. From simple repairs to unique renovations, our technicians have the experience to deliver results

While other companies can only help with one service, making you call on even more companies to get everything you need, Comfort Solutions can take care of everything sometimes in as little as one visit. When you need plumbing, heating, and cooling services, and you only want to make one phone call, be sure to partner with Comfort Solutions.

When you hire Comfort Solutions, you can rest assured knowing that you’re getting the very best services for your home. Our highly trained professionals will work with you every step of the way to make sure we provide the right services to make your home feel comfortable once again.