I hate my gas furnace so much, because the central heating system is so noisy. So, I bought a portable oil radiator heater, which is a temporary solution for me. It is truly noise free though.

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But it is good only for small spaces. I would probably need to buy 10 of those small portable heaters to heat up the whole house. The electricity bill would skyrocket though.

Is there any other noise free option to heat up a space (I don't care about cooling, I'm only concerned about heating)?

  • If you are designing a system from scratch, sure, there are several options that will be virtually noise free. Adding or supplementing an existing finished home, not so much anything within reason or logic, as you are finding out. Unless you're in Canada (low electric rates) it is insane to add central electric heat to a home that has a working/reliable/sound fossil fuel system in place. Jul 29, 2015 at 10:49
  • Have you had your Forced Air System inspected, serviced or cleaned in the last year? Other than the feel, I cannot tell when my forced air system turns on. Do you have small diameter/high velocity forced air, or large ducts? Jul 29, 2015 at 16:18

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Completely noiseless is a high goal - it can be done, but may increase the expense considerably. Quieter than a badly designed hot air system is much easier.

In-floor radiant heat, embedded in concrete or gypsum cement, offers essentially silent heat delivery (so long as the pumps are properly sized) - the boiler or hot water heater providing the heat may make a small amount of noise, which can be reduced or effectively eliminated by isolating it or removing it from the house entirely, and piping only the hot water in. But the amount of noise may not enough to actually bother you - does your hot water heater irritate? Is it gas?

Radiant tubing in non-concrete installations is prone to making some noise (a few creaks, ticking, or the like) due to movement from thermal expansion/contraction, as is hot water baseboard heat. Again, far less than a hot air system, especially a loud one. Indeed, the electric oil radiator you describe as "silent" generally makes some small creak/tick noises in my experience.

A hot air system that is properly designed can also be fairly quiet. So exactly how much noise is too much and how much you are willing to spend to eliminate it does play a large factor in how you proceed.

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