Types of Home Heating Systems

Are you looking for a new heating system? Maybe just trying to understand how your current one works? Look no further!

This article goes into detail on the most common heating systems in Vancouver so you can understand a little more about what type of heating system works best for your home.


Gas furnaces are the most common type of heating system in homes. Furnaces blow warm air through your home’s ductwork. Look for the vents which are typically located on floors, walls or ceiling. If you feel warm air coming up through the vents, you have a furnace heating your home.


Boilers are another common heating system in the Lower Mainland. Boilers force heated water through pipes that run throughout your home. If you have in-floor heating, these heated pipes run across the floors of your home – you will feel the heat underfoot as you walk across the room.

In-floor Radiant Heating System
Radiator System

Alternatively, the heat from the pipes may be distributed through a baseboard heater or heat register, which will be above the floor and at the bottom of a wall. Older homes may also have rooms heated by large cast-iron radiators sitting against the walls.

Heat Pumps

A heat pump is a modern, energy-saving supplement to your home’s furnace. While the furnace is indoors, the heat pump is a fairly large unit placed outside your home to help heat your home in winter and cool your home in the summer. Heat pumps use the same ductwork as your furnace system to blow either warm or cool air throughout your home.

This heating system is easy to identify as it is a fairly large appliance that will be located along the outside of your home.

Heat Pump System

Electric Baseboard Heaters

Electric baseboard heaters are the most common heating system in Vancouver’s new condos. Baseboard heaters are usually installed under windows so that the heater’s rising warm air will counteract falling cool air from the cold window glass. Typically, you will find one unit per room allowing you to control the heat in each individual room of your home. 

Electrical Baseboard heating system

Milani Plumbing, Drainage & Heating has been providing expert heating services in Greater Vancouver and the Lower Mainland area since 1956. Homeowners call on Milani every day to meet their needs for emergency heating repairs, heating system maintenance, and heating and cooling system installations. Our factory-trained technicians provide reliable service for all brands of furnaces, boilers, heat pumps, and more.

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