We haven’t needed our heating systems too much yet this season, but enough for you to know if it’s showing any troubling symptoms of disrepair. Perhaps you already know that repairs won’t do any good and it’s just about time for your aging system to be replaced. Of course, investing in a new heater is a big financial decision, and therefore a decision you don’t want to rush.
We always recommend consulting with a professionally trained HVAC technician to make an informed choice on what’s best for your specific home and needs. Selecting the right heating system for your home doesn’t need to be complicated—we’ve provided a quick guide below to help you with the decision making process with as little overwhelm about the process as possible.
Know When Your Current System Needs Replacement
First, you want to actually know that your current heater needs to be replaced before you make this investment. As we mentioned above, you might have an aging system, and may already know it’s about to call it quits. The average lifespan of a heating system, so long as it is well-maintained and cared for, is about 10-15 years. If your system has aged beyond this, you’re right—it’s time to replace it.
Regardless of age, you should also consider replacement if you find yourself making frequent repairs to your system that aren’t really helping with efficiency. If you find yourself calling for repairs a couple times a year or more, and you’re heating bills are well beyond what you were paying to heat your home this time last year, then it’s definitely time to consider if a newer system would be better.
Consider Fuel Sources
Once you’ve determined that you do, in fact, need a new heater, it’s time to consider what fuel option would be best for your needs and your budget. Generally speaking, homeowners tend to fuel their heater with natural gas, as it is very cost-effective and efficient. However, if you live in an area where electricity is pretty affordable or in a spot that doesn’t have easy access to natural gas, then you’d want to choose an electric-powered system.
In order to help you make this decision, our technicians take many factors into considerations, so if you’re unsure of what’s best, please feel free to reach out to our team.
Ensure Your Heater is Properly Sized and Installed
Once you’ve chosen your heater, you want to make sure it’s the right size for your home. An oversized system will be just as detrimental to efficiency, performance, and your wallet as a system that’s too small.
Sizing your system is about more than looking at the square footage of your home, too. We look at things like the type of insulation in your home, how high your ceilings are, how many windows and doors you have, and more.
You won’t get this careful attention to detail without the assistance of trained and experienced professionals.