What kind of heater do I have? That is an essential issue, especially when the furnace isn’t operating and you need to call heater repair. There are two typical kinds of furnaces. There’s forced air and there’s the boiler type.
How do you identify which you have? It’s pretty easy. If you have “registers” in each space that have warm air blowing out of them, that’s forced air.
If you have radiators, either freestanding or baseboard style, that suggests that you have a boiler
Another way to use boilers is radiant floor heat. That’s a lot of pipes that run through the floor and warm the floor up, which heats up the room. Very good, but expensive to install.
You can have heat that’s not coming from a furnace. You could have electric baseboard heat. Or electric wall heating units. You could have a gas wall heater.
Next thing to figure out is what fuel your heater uses. There are six common types.
Coal, not the typical, typically used with a boiler. If you have coal, you most likely noticed.
Electric heat is easy, but pricey. It’s the most expensive heat source.
Fuel Oil, If you’ve found yourself in the house for a while then you may have filled a fuel oil tank. Generally used with a boiler.
LPG or propane. That’s an above ground tank that gets filled from time to time. Generally country houses, with gas heaters that don’t have gas piped to the house use propane.
Natural gas, or methane, that’s the gas that is piped to urban homes, It’s a very typical way to heat houses. It burns clean, it’s fairly cost effective and it’s generally pretty trouble free.
Wood, you probably observed. You ‘d have a wood stove or a fireplace in the living room and a stack of wood outdoors.
That pretty well addresses it, if you reside in a house. It shouldn’t take too long to nose around and identify where the heat is or should be coming from.