How did your home’s heating system perform this winter? If it didn’t always provide the warmth your family needed, it may be time to consider replacing before chilly weather comes back around. In your home, the type of heating system has a significant impact on overall energy costs and our comfort, too. If your existing system is beginning to show its age – over 20 years old – you may spend more money to keep it running each month. That money would be better spent on a new, more efficient home heating system. How do you choose a new model, though? There are so many options on the market today. Here’s how to go about selecting the right home heating system!
Factors to Consider
When selecting a new heating system, there are a few factors to consider:
- Fuel Type – In most states, natural gas is the most popular fuel type for heating a home. Where natural gas is not an option, most homeowners opt for propane. However, electric heat pumps are also a worthwhile option, particularly in warmer climates.
- Forced Air vs. Hot Water – Most residential heating systems use forced air or hot water to distribute heat. Forced air is the most popular choice, as the heat is distributed quickly and efficiently through air ducts or floor registers. Hot water systems, on the other hand, use a boiler to heat water that is then circulated through piping to radiators.
- Efficiency – It all comes down to efficiency. The higher the efficiency, the more money you save each month.
You’ve likely heard the saying that bigger isn’t always better. This is true when it comes to home heating systems. Proper sizing is crucial to ensure efficiency and comfort in your household. Contractors will often installer bigger systems than needed to compensate for reduced distribution. An oversized system will meet your demand faster, but never reach peak efficiency. Call in an expert to correctly size a heating system for your home!
To schedule home heating services, contact Duggan's One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning® by calling (706) 914-1617. We provide warmth to households across the region!