How to Choose a New Heating System

How to Choose a New Heating System

If you’re in the market for a new heating system, chances are you can’t plan the installation quickly enough. Our winters are cold here in New City, NY, and without proper heating, your home could become very cold very quickly. If your old heater suffers a breakdown that requires a replacement, of even if you think your aging system can hang on until spring and want to start planning now, the sooner you get your new system selected, the better.

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But choosing a new system needs to take place by following specific steps in a specific order. Heaters vary widely, and the needs for your home are unique. By following these steps, you can find the system that’s right for you and ensure you make the most out of your investment.

  1. Do you need a new type of system? Most homeowners are happy replacing an aging heater with the same type – a boiler, for example, or a gas-fed furnace. But in some cases, a change in the type of system may suit your home better: using a heat pump, for example, or a ductless mini-split system. Now is the time to weigh those options, before further steps are taken.
  2. What kind of power output is required? The heater’s power output level needs to match the specifics of your home: neither too powerful nor underpowered. Your existing heater’s power output levels are a good place to start, but the specifics of your home may have changed (if you added more insulation, for instance).
  3. What’s the AFUE level? With the general type and power output level determined, look for systems that have a higher Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency rating. The higher the rating, the more effectively it will deliver heat for your home.

Call the pros at Design Air Inc. today to discuss options for your new heating system!