5 Things to Think About Before Installing a New Heating System
Maybe your furnace isn’t working very well anymore, and your home is freezing. Maybe you want a more energy-efficient unit, or maybe you want to replace an old and potentially dangerous furnace. Whatever the reason, there are a few things to consider before installing a new heating system:
1. What Kind of Fuel Will Your Heating System Use?
It’s important to know what kind of fuel your system will use as well as the type(s) of fuel you have access to. Do you have electric and want to move to natural gas to save money? Is propane the only fuel source available in your area? Maybe you want a dual heating/air conditioning unit.
Your choice of fuel will depend on availability and your needs.
2. How Old is Your Home?
Before you install a new heating system in an older home, the ductwork should be inspected, serviced and cleaned.
Older systems may be dusty and even damaged, which will impact the efficiency of any new system.
3. Is the New Heating System Compatible with your Existing Ductwork?
If your home is older, there is a chance the duct work may need to be replaced. This could be an expense you may not have anticipated, but upgrading to a furnace that’s incompatible with your ductwork could cost you even more money in the long run.
4. What Size Unit Do You Need?
Smaller homes don’t need as much heat as larger homes. At the same time, older homes lose a lot of heat through windows, walls, doors and poorly or improperly installed insulation. These things will need to be taken into consideration when choosing the right-sized unit for your home.
5. What can you Afford?
What type of unit can you afford, especially if your ducts need to be repaired and/or replaced?
It is important to remember that an energy-efficient unit that may be more expensive at the outset could save you money in the long-run on monthly heating costs.
At R & R Heating & Air, we will help you evaluate your needs so that you get a unit that will meet your expectations and fit your budget. From deciding what kind of heating unit is best for your home to inspecting duct work and installing furnaces, we’re here to help with all of your home heating needs.
And when you have a heating emergency, please contact us. We’ll be there when you need us with high quality, trustworthy service.