Alternative Heating Systems in Maryland

While many homes, businesses, and commercial buildings in Maryland have traditional heating systems, there are alternatives available. Sure, we have decades of experience with “tried and true” high-efficiency furnaces and heat pumps – and we always will. However, just because a particular type of equipment has stood the test of time does not discount the use of other proven solutions. If quality alternative heating systems offer similar or better benefits, aren’t they also worth looking into?

Whether you’re looking for alternative heating system options in Maryland or a standard heating system to keep you comfortable this winter, turn to Grove Heating & Cooling!  Our technicians have expertise in: design, installation, repair, replacement, and maintenance of all heating and cooling system makes and models to every project!

Efficient, dependable heating for your home or business greatly impacts your utility bills and brings you peace of mind. Take some time to explore alternative heating systems and see how they might meet or exceed expectations.

Alternative Heating Systems for Maryland Homes

Here at Grove Heating & Cooling, we are experienced with the installation, repair, and maintenance of many respectable alternative heating systems that deserve consideration. These choices include:

  • Boilers
  • Geothermal Systems
  • Ductless Mini-splits

Geothermal Systems

Geothermal heating and cooling systems use natural energy for home space heating. The system consists of an indoor air handler, a heat pump, and a network of fluid-filled piping called the ground loop or earth loop that’s buried beneath the ground. To heat a home, the fluid within the buried pipe absorbs thermal energy stored below ground, which is transported to the heat pump and moved into the home’s living areas. These systems also provide cooling by extracting excess heat from the home’s air and using the ground as a receptacle to deposit the heat within.

Geothermal systems are often attractive because of the substantial energy and cost savings they create both for space and water heating. Geothermal HVAC systems help homeowners save up to 95 percent on hot water heating costs. They reduce heating and cooling expenses between 50 and 70 percent.

In addition to reduced energy consumption, geothermal heating and cooling systems are among the most popular alternative heating systems because they are easy to use and maintain. Less equipment in the home offers quieter operation. Below-ground components are well protected by the surrounding earth and less susceptible to damage. With a constant heat source at your disposal, you gain a more dependable HVAC system. 

Coupled with low maintenance requirements is a seriously impressive service life. Geothermal HVAC systems can be expected to outlast all other traditional and alternative heating systems in Maryland with an average service life of 25 years. The ground loop portion can be expected to function for 50 years or more.

When installing alternative heating systems in Maryland, most geothermal homes recoup their energy costs in four years. Government and local programs may be available to provide tax credits or grants, which offset the cost of your purchase and help reduce the payback period along with the substantial savings generated on home utility expenses. Contact us to request an estimate for geothermal heating system installation.

Ductless Mini-Splits

A ductless mini-split heating and cooling system is a great fit for older homes without ducts as well as in new home additions. Among the alternative heating system options, a mini-split offers amazing versatility. You can add a mini-split in select rooms, use it to provide supplemental heating and cooling in problem areas, add it to areas that are not connected to an existing duct system, or use it as an alternative to traditional HVAC systems. A mini-split provides an affordable, independently controlled option to heat and cool both small spaces and entire homes. 

These systems are composed of indoor air handling units and an outdoor heat pump or air conditioner. Air handlers are installed on the wall or in the ceiling of each desired area and connected to the outdoor unit via a line set that runs through a small hole. One outdoor unit can support a number of indoor units, depending on system capacity. Occupants are able to control each air handling unit independently of others on the same system.

A traditional forced air HVAC system heats and cools all areas of the home at the same time, regardless if heating and cooling is actually needed in all areas. This creates energy waste and contributes to discomfort in some homes. Instead of paying to heat or cool the entire home, mini-splits offer homeowners the option to control temperatures across different areas without impacting other spaces. They also reduce energy costs while increasing comfort! 

Our Mitsubishi mini-split heating and cooling systems are a valued option for alternative heating systems among Maryland homeowners. Schedule a consultation today, and let our team design an energy-efficient mini-split heating system for your home.


For decades boilers have been used to heat large industrial buildings and schools. Boilers have come a long, long way in efficiency and cleanliness, which makes them a great choice for alternative heating systems in Maryland homes and commercial buildings. 

New high-efficiency gas boilers boast AFUE ratings of 89% and higher, while new oil boilers are between 80% and 87% AFUE. Gas models are typically more expensive than oil boilers, but their increased efficiency offers lower operating costs. New condensing gas boilers transfer the heat produced by combustion to water in an extremely efficient manner that utilizes more of the heat created. Combustion gases form into condensate in the heat exchanger and exit the system at lower temperatures. Hydronic boiler systems pump hot water through radiators and piping, heating spaces through radiant heat. 

Because they are not a forced air system and do not use ducts, there is no heat loss through air leaks. This alone can reduce energy efficiency by as much as 30 percent in the average home.

Grove offers cutting edge system design and installation for alternative heating systems. Heat your home worry-free and with more comfort through Maryland’s winter temperatures! Talk to our team about the benefits of boiler heating in your home when you schedule a consultation.

Like all mechanical systems, boilers lose efficiency over the years, especially if maintenance needs are neglected. We offer maintenance and repair services to assist you over the long life of your boiler. Our technicians have the training and the experience necessary to keep them running great so you save money! 

Grove Has Alternative Heating Options for You!

No matter your choice of alternative heating systems in Maryland, we are ready to assist you! From the first phone call to the final cleanup, we know the importance of your comfort. Our reputation of personal service and higher quality has allowed us to grow from a small local startup, to a leading HVAC company serving most of Maryland! We’ve been here for a long time and will be here for a long time to come! Give us a call or schedule an appointment online to learn how dependable and easy it is to use an alternative heating system in your home this winter.

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