Purchasing a new heating system can be a daunting task. It is a major investment that will have many repercussions over the years involving both your comfort as well as your energy expenses. This decision can affect you and your family for years to come — the average lifespan of a heating system is 15 years — so you need to make sure you follow the advice outlined in the buyer’s guide to ensure you end up with the right system for your home.
Minimize Energy Needs
Reducing your home’s heating needs is the best way to save money on utility bills this winter. Before you even begin shopping for heating equipment, you should put weatherstripping around your doors and windows, patch up your ductwork with duct mastic and add insulation in your attic to make sure you are as energy efficient as possible. Lowering your heating needs will let you get adequate heating results from a smaller and less expensive heating system.
Have A Heating Load Calculation Performed
This step will let you know how much power you need from your new heating equipment. You don’t want to skip this step as your system won’t be able to work efficiently if it’s too big; it won’t keep you warm enough if it’s too small. Have a reliable HVAC technician perform this step so you know what heating systems will be ideal for your house.
Narrow The Field
To limit the amount of heating equipment that will work for you, compare their energy-efficiency. A higher AFUE (annual fuel utilization efficiency) means a more efficient system that will be able to provide energy savings for years to come.
Retrofit Versus Upgrade
Replacing old parts of a system with modern energy-efficient parts is a practice known as retrofitting. It will only provide a temporary boost to efficiency, and it is often more cost effective to go with a complete upgrade.
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