When it comes time to upgrade your existing heating system, there are a number of factors that you should consider before deciding which type of system to purchase.
The following buying guide should help you narrow down your options so you can select a heating system that’s best for you and your home.
- Consider the limitations of your existing heating system. For example, if you currently have electric baseboard heat, your home doesn’t have the necessary ductwork to upgrade to a forced-air system without significant added expense. Instead, a better option might be to switch to an energy-efficient hot water baseboard system. By choosing a heating system that works well within the existing framework of your home, you can minimize installation costs.
- Evaluate available fuel types. The main types of fuel used to heat homes are oil, natural gas, propane, solar power and electricity. Evaluate each of these options to determine what types of heating equipment can be used with each fuel source and how they compare in cost. Consult with an HVAC specialist to determine which type of fuel will work best for your home’s unique heating needs.
- Hire a reputable contractor to correctly size your system. If your heating system is not sized correctly for your home, it can lead to problems including frequent breakdowns, decreased energy efficiency, higher operating costs, large swings in temperature and increased indoor humidity levels. Many contractors take shortcuts when sizing that can wind up costing you a lot of extra money over the life of the system. You can avoid this by hiring an experienced contractor with a good reputation.
If you live in Northern Indiana or Southwest Michigan and are interested in discussing heating options for your home, contact us at Home Comfort Experts. We’ll be glad to help you navigate the options.