Types of Home Heating

Much like the rest of the midwest, the harsh Michigan winters call for proper home heating, and there are a number of different types of home heating for Michigan homeowners to choose from and each of them provides an array of advantages to your home and family. Of course, there are some things to consider when deciding which home heating system is right for you.

At Applegate Home Comfort, we have been serving central Michigan with our HVAC services since 1952. When it comes to home heating in Lansing, Michigan, you have options. Before you contact us for our high-quality HVAC services, let us fill you in on some of the most popular types of home heating systems and how to determine which is right for you.

Types of Home Heating Systems

  • Electric Furnace: One of the most common types of home heating is the electric furnace. While this type of home heating is more expensive than natural gas or propane, electric furnaces are more consistent in their heating, which can be exceptionally beneficial in the winter months.
  • Heat Pumps: Geothermal home heating systems are quite common in warmer regions, however, they are beginning to catch on in Michigan as well. Heat pumps transfer the heat from the ground to the home, and the cold air from the home back to the ground. This allows for a natural temperature setting that is easily adjustable.
  • Hybrid Heating Systems: Hybrid heating systems are arguably the most efficient form of home heating. This system reacts to the changing temperature and automatically adjusts to the most energy efficient heating system to heat or cool a home. This can combine the best of geothermal heating and electric furnaces and may eliminate the need for an air conditioner in the summer months.

Choosing the Right Heating and Cooling System

When looking for a new home heating system, there are a number of things to consider when looking at your many options. While natural gas and propane furnaces are inexpensive, often times they do not provide the adequate heating needed. Insulating your home with Applegate’s cellulose insulation will surely help, but there are other options to consider.

If you are looking for a home heating system to keep your home comfortable year round, a geothermal heat pump may best suit your needs. You can also utilize a hybrid heating system to help eliminate the need for an air conditioning unit by using the best of both electric furnaces and heat pumps.

Schedule Maintenance with Applegate Home Comfort

Regardless of your home heating needs, Applegate Home Comfort can help you determine the best system for your Lansing, Michigan home. You can contact us online or give us a call at 517.337.7700 to schedule maintenance on your furnace today!


Keeping your home comfortable, clean and safe is our main goal at Applegate Home Comfort. Most of our customers come to us looking for our quality cooling and heating services, but today we want to also highlight the products we offer to help maintain your home between services. Whether health and safety are your top priorities or comfort and efficiency are more your thing, we’ve got you covered with a wide range of products.

Read on below to learn more about the products we offer to our Michigan area customers, or, if you already know which product you’d like to purchase, click here now to head to our page!

3 Ways to Keep Your Home Protected, Safe and Comfortable

1. Humidifiers and De-Humidifiers

If you’ve lived in the Midwest for long, you’ll know just how intense the summer humidity can be. Furthermore, ongoing humidity causes damage to your home and furniture, leading to issues like mold, mildew and a compromised home structure. Mold, as most of us know, is also a safety issue when it comes to the health of those living inside your home. In fact, symptoms of mold exposure include headaches, sinusitis, joint pain, chronic cough, fatigue and memory or concentration issues. Safe to say, mold is a big deal! Purchasing a dehumidifier significantly lowers the risk of mold.

Similar to humidity, dry air can have lasting and harmful effects on your home and health. During colder, winter months, the dry air from your furnace can wreak havoc on your skin, airways, furniture, and home. To combat issues like these, we recommend purchasing a humidifier to create an optimal home environment.

2. Clean Air Solutions

Most people think of smog and air pollution as existing outside of their homes and are shocked to find out that the air quality inside their homes actually tends to be worse. A mix of outside pollutants, pet dander, chemicals from cleaners and fragrances, possible radon or mold, dust mites and volatile gasses from furniture (such as fire-retardants) all lead to pretty polluted air.

In order to combat these allergens and irritants, Applegate offers two different types of air purifiers to keep air quality inside your home optimal and healthy. Our Central Air Cleaners are hooked into your cooling and heating and essentially filter harmful substances and dust out of your air. Similarly, we also offer UV Air Purifiers, which connect to your cooling system to eradicate mold spores which tend to grow in that moist environment. Both options are wonderful additions to any Michigan home.

3. Home Standby Generators 

During harsh Michigan winters, severe storms and outages are a definite possibility. While it’s not fun to think about the likelihood of such an event, we believe that the saying, “It’s better to be safe than sorry,” absolutely applies here! Not only are the generators we offer made by one the leading suppliers backup power, but they also have the ability to power your home for multiple days in the event of an emergency giving you peace of mind should you ever need it.

Unbeatable Services and Quality Home Products by Applegate

If you’re ready to begin the process of protecting and upgrading your home, give us a call!  We’re happy to assist with your questions and concerns and will confidently help you determine which services and products will best fit your needs. Call 517-337-7700 to schedule your free consultation today, or click here for more information about our company!