You depend on your heating system when the weather is cold so that you can stay nice and warm indoors. However, installing a heating system is a big decision to make. There are so many variables that go into making a decision like this. Whether you are needing to heat a new home or replacing an older unit, it is important to find the system that suits your needs.
At Result Home Services, we can get you on the right path. We offer free estimates so that you can have an opportunity to discuss your options with a NATE certified HVAC technician. Our technicians are courteous, skilled, and experienced. So, they have what it takes to find the best option. This will allow you to feel comfortable even when it is bitter cold out. Furthermore, they can do this while making sure that the energy efficiency levels of your home are where they are supposed to be so that you don't have to pay an arm and a leg for your home heating costs. Be sure to give us a call today so that we can find the best comfort solution for your home.
Types Of Heating Systems
For the majority of homeowners, space heating accounts for the majority of energy use during the cold season. The type of heating system that you choose to install in your home will certainly impact your energy expenses and how comfortable you feel. However, as mentioned above, there are many factors to consider when installing a new heater in your home.
For many, natural gas is readily available and therefore, it is a popular option for a heating fuel. Where it is not available, many homes heat their homes with the use of propane. Many homes also heat their homes with heating oil, especially in the northeastern parts of the United States. For milder climates, some homeowners can use an electric heat pump. Before deciding on a fuel source, it is important to consider which fuels your home will have access to as well the typical cost of these fuels.
Forced Air Vs. Hot Water
Most homes use what is called either a forced air or hot water to heat their home. Forced air uses a ductwork system whereas, hot water (hydronic) systems uses a piping system.
Both of these types of systems have their advantages and their disadvantages. A forced air system uses a filter to circulate and add humidity to the air. However, when air moves, it feels colder even if it is actually warmer than the room itself. A dirty ductwork system and filter can distribute dust and allergens throughout a home. When an oversized unit has been installed or if the unit has been installed incorrectly, it can lead to serious issues with these types of systems.
Hydronic systems also have their advantages and their disadvantages. They create a more even heat throughout a home. You can also use your boiler as a source for hot water. However, they do not filter air, ventilate the air, or allow for air conditioning options like forced air systems do.
If you are replacing your unit to a home that already has an HVAC system in place, then it makes more sense to stay with the same type of system. However, if you are constructing a new home, then you will need to discuss your options with a certified and professional HVAC company, like Result Home Services.
Most Efficient Heating System
Many homeowners make the mistake of looking at the initial price tag of a heating system. However, it is always better to look at the long term costs. Some of the most energy efficient systems cost more initially but over time, you will gain your investment and more from the reduced home heating costs.
New heating systems have a yellow sticker that us labeled "Energy Guide". This label will help you get an idea of the annual energy costs. You can also talk to your local utility company to get an idea of comparative operating costs for different types of systems. An HVAC expert will be able to tell you what the estimated maintenance costs will be.
Be sure to examine the AFUE, or the annual fuel utilization efficiency, for each system. This is a percentage that measures the energy output compared to the energy input. For example, if a furnace has a 90% AFUE, then the furnace has an output of 90
BTUs of heating out of 100 BTUs. The 10% usually gets wasted in heat exhaust. The higher the AFUE, the more efficient a system is.
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