3 Critical Questions To Ask Yourself When Choosing A Home Heating System

With temperatures dropping fast, winter is a time to hunker down inside your house. While blankets, rugs, and heavy curtains can all make you feel a little warmer and cozier, the best way to prepare your home and family for the cold season is to install a heating system. 

Heaters come in all shapes and sizes to meet the needs of different users. Before choosing your home heater, think through the following questions:

What Type Of Heating System Do You Need?

Although Americans can heat their homes in different ways, gas furnaces are one of the most preferred options for home heating. Other home heating options include boilers, heat pumps (air and ground-source), and electric heaters.

Each heating system works differently and has unique pros and cons that sets it apart from others. In determining the right heater type for your home, you should consider your particular needs and budget. For instance, gas furnaces work well for people who want to warm up their entire house and already have HVAC ductwork installed. If you didn't incorporate air ducts into the initial home design, the retrofitting required to add a gas furnace to your home can be cost-prohibitive.

If you wish to establish heating zones within your home, a boiler system can be a better choice than a furnace because it uses piping systems to circulate the steam or hot water that heats up your interior living space.

How Efficiently Do You Want To Heat Your Home?

Heating is one of the biggest energy users in American households. If you want to keep your household's annual energy bills as low as possible, you should care about the energy efficiency of the heating system you choose for your home.

Heating systems use various energy sources, but gas and electricity are the most widely used in the residential sector. That said, efficiency levels can differ widely among heating units that use the same energy source.

Regardless of which fuel source you choose, it's always a good idea to invest in a high-efficiency heating model. Think of it as spending more upfront to save more over the long term.

How Much Heating Output Does Your Home Require?

Households have varied heating demands. Before choosing a heating system, calculate your home's heating load to determine which size of system will match your needs. Keep in mind that you may require the help of an expert to accurately work this out.

Installing a heating system that is too small can be equally as problematic as installing an oversized one. An oversized system will waste energy and money due to the unused heat it provides while a smaller one will run too hard and too long to keep up with your home's heating demand.

Knowing you have a reliable heating system installed in your home will make you feel less worried about the winter months. Contact an HVAC company if you need help choosing the right heater for your home or want a quote for your heating installation. For more information about heating system installation services, reach out to a local company.